ReFlex Is The World’s First Bendable Smartphone

The advancement in technology leaves everyone in awe, asking ourselves “is this really possible?” Smartphones are getting smarter day by day.  There’s a new prototype that’s getting a lot of coverage and that’s the ReFlex, flexible smartphone.  It’s a prototype flexible smartphone that allows you bend your phone screen any which way you want.

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Researchers at Queen’s University’s Human Media Lab have developed the world’s first full-color, high-resolution and wireless flexible smartphone to combine multi-touch with bend input.  It allows user to experience physical tactile feedback when interacting with their apps through bend gestures.

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“This represents a completely new way of physical interaction with smartphones” says Roel Vertegaal (School of Computing), director of the Human Media Lab at Queen’s University.  ReFlex is based on high definition 720p LG Dispay Flexible OLED touch screen powered by and Android 4.4 “KitKat” board mounted to the side of the display.  Bend sensors behind the display sense the force with which a user bends the screen, which is made available to apps for use as input.  ReFlex also features a voice coil that allows the phone to simulate forces and friction through highly detailed vibrations of the display.

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Bending the device will flip through the pages of an e-book, and the more you bend, the faster it flips.  You can also play Angry Birds by bending the device to slingshot a bird, with the rubber band stretching tighter as you flex it.

The researchers plan to display the device and a human-computer interaction conference in the Netherlands, and they believe commercial devices will be available within five years.  Based on the mind-blowing prototy[e, it doesn’t seem impossible that the technology could arrive sooner.

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