PaperPhone

You know we love paper. You don’t? Okay, go back through our entire website. Otherwise…

Turn your attention toward the new phone of the…contingent future! 

From Daily Mail:

Inventor Roel Vertegaal, the director of Queen’s University Human Media Lab in Kingston, Ontario, said: ‘This is the future. Everything is going to look and feel like this within five years.

‘This computer looks, feels and operates like a small sheet of interactive paper, meaning that when users are reading they don’t feel like they are holding a sheet of glass or metal.

‘You interact with it by bending it into a cell phone, flipping the corner to turn pages, or writing on it with a pen.’

We love the concept (no more cracked screens!) but it definitely needs some work. The usability looks difficult even on the demo video (see below). And while the bendable screen is cool, it lacks certain features that have become standard on our smartphones.

Geekologie describes it as:

a paper-thin smartphone capable of doing everything your current phone can except have a color screen/take high-res photos/not accidentally get thrown away like a hamburger wrapper.

Agreed, the phone of the future is no phone at all until it gives us everything we already have and more. (For those of us who have already thrown away $600 smartphones or dropped them in the toilet (not us, but, you know, other people), there is no hope of ever not losing a phone until it can literally be planted in our brains.) But once this PaperPhone gets a color screen and camera and my grandma can work it, we’re in! And make it edible while you’re at it…bacon flavor please!

 

via Geekologie < via Daily Mail

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