It’s a typical, heartbreaking scenario: Placing your smartphone inside your pocket, you sit down gently and there it goes, you unpurposely broke the screen. Scientists at Queen’s University might have created an answer for this pricey issue by creating the world’s first complete- high-resolution, full-color, flexible smartphone.
Meet ReFlex, the smartphone that is very much bendable – without breaking it. ReFlex is designed to be able to alter how a person interacts with the applications on the screen. I you’re fond of reading eBooks, twisting it towards the right might change the page. The more you’ll bend it, the more it’ll speed up the page flips of the eBook. The feeling of the page being turned could be experienced by vibrations coming from the phone itself, like the method that controllers – of those video games you love – vibrate at various levels just to be able to create an intense action, on screen.
A voice coil inside the system may also be used to produce extremely little vibrations that may simulate friction. These complicated vibration designs imply that ReFlex may create an extremely practical simulation of the real-life edition of that particular object on screen.
When a user plays the ‘Angry Birds’ using ReFlex, they will just have to bend the screen to extend the sling shot. As it stretches (rubber band), the users will then feel vibrations that imitate those of the actual stretching of a rubber band. When launched, the rubber band will snap, thus delivering a jolt through the phone and making the bird(s) to fly over the screen,” explained Dr. Roel Vertegaal, coordinator of the ReFlex development and director of the Human Media Lab at Queen’s University.
The group believes that it’ll just be five decades before smartphones like the ReFlex can be available for sale, therefore till then, you’ll just have to be a little careful with your current smartphones.