By far the first model of a versatile smartphone made of electronic papers is scheduled to debut at the Computer Human Interaction convention in Vancouver on May 10. Developed by Canadian scientists, the actual PaperPhone can do everything a smart phone could, such as making phone calls, displaying e-books or even playing music.
The flexible model device is only millimetres wide and is made from exactly the same e-ink technologies seen in Amazon’s Kindle e-book reader. Customers interact together with the device by bending, folding as well as flexing it at its corners or even sides to find the way pages in ebooks, enjoy or pause mp3s, make phone calls, or navigate apps.
“This computer looks, feels and operates just like a small sheet of active paper,” said inventor Dr Vertegaal. “You interact with it by twisting it right into a mobile phone, flipping the corner to turn pages, or even writing onto it with a pen.”