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Flexible cell allows folding applications

There’s the ReFlex, the first smartphone really flexible, which allows users to literally double your applications. “When a user plays Angry Birds on ReFlex, he bends the fabric to stretch the sling. As the rubber stretches, the user experiences that simulate the vibrations of an elastic really stretching. When released, the rubber POPs, giving a flip on the phone and sending the bird flying across the screen” explains professor Roel Vertegaal, Queens University, in Canada.

Despite being a prototype, as well as flexible the appliance already has a commercial high resolution screen and touchscreen, full wireless communication and all sensors to take advantage of its flexibility and curves.

New interactions in Flexible mobile applications.

When reading a text, for example, the pages can be turned in the traditional way, with the passage of the fingers on the screen, or simply bending the phone slightly like a book or magazine.

The ability to fold the appliance adds whole new range to interactions.

“Users can feel the sensation of the page moving through their fingers through a vibration of the phone. This allows navigation without moving your eyes, making it easier for users to keep track of where they are in a document” said professor Vertegaal.

Vibrations and friction

The phone is based on a flexible OLEDs 720 p screen, manufactured by LG. main hardware is next, and can be seen in the photos little pocket on the right. The device runs Android 4.4.

Warp behind the screen sensors detect the force with which the user flexes the unit and provide the information so that applications can use them. The feedback also advances much in relation to simple Blur by generating vibrations able to simulate force and friction.

This, according to the team, allows a highly realistic simulation of physical forces when you interact with virtual objects.

Despite the progress, the professor Vertegaal says that flexible and foldable smartphones will take at least five years to get into the hands of consumers.

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