A new and innovative smart phone prototype has been unveiled this week taking the form of the unique PaperFold shape-changing smartphone.
The PaperFold smartphone has been designed to enable users to fold open up to three flexible electrophoretic displays expanding the size of the screen to suit their requirements. Check out the demonstration video after the jump to see the unique PaperFold smartphone in action.
As you can see from the video the new PaperFold smartphone offers a very innovative design and in the final design no cables would be protruding from either end of the device.
The three PaperFold displays are detachable enabling users to fold the device into various shapes that can be arranged creating an ultra notebook shape to a foldout map.
– By flattening PaperFold’s 3 displays, the user changes views to a Google map that spans all screens.
– Shaping PaperFold into a convex globe shows the map in Google Earth view.
– Folding PaperFold into the shape of a 3D building on the map will pick up a Google SketchUp model of the building and turn the device into an architectural model that can be 3D printed.
Its creator Dr. Vertegaal, a professor in the School of Computing and Director of the Human Media Lab at Queen’s explains :
“In PaperFold, each display tile can act independently or as part of a single system,”-“It allows multiple device form factors, providing support for mobile tasks that require large screen real estate or keyboards on demand, while retaining an ultra-compact, ultra-thin and lightweight form factor.”
For more information on the new innovative PaperFold smartphone jump over to the Queen’s website for details.