The PaperPhone is flexible and can be controlled by being bent, written on or used as a touchscreen. Researchers from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada, Arizona State University, USA, researchers from the E-Ink Corporation determined how people use a flexible device. They built the PaperPhone as the smartphone and tablet of the future.
According to Dr. Roel Vertegaal (director of the human media lab at Queen’s): “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.”
The PaperPhone uses the same e-Ink technology found in the Amazon Kindle e-reader. The PaperPhone has the same functionality as current Smart Phones: making phone calls, reading ebooks, and play music.
The researchers predict that the technology will spell the end of paper and printers. They foresee a paperless office where everything can be stored digitally and people can stack these new computers on top of each other like sheets of paper.