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PaperFold – Foldable Smartphone: Future?

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We discuss futuristic products and concepts a lot on this site. Foldable phones are not necessarily new though. We have been hearing about them for a few years now.  You still can’t buy one from Apple or Samsung. But PaperFold shows what future phones might look like. It is a shape changing smartphone that enables users to fold open up to 3 flexible displays to get more screen real estate. No need to carry a huge smartphone when you have something like this.

In PaperFold, each display tile can act independently or as part of a single system .. It allows multiple device form factors, providing support for mobile tasks that require large screen real estate or keyboards on demand, while retaining an ultra-compact, ultra-thin and lightweight form factor.

said Dr. Vertegaal, a professor in the School of Computing and Director of the Human Media Lab at Queen’s. The video shows an early prototype. Let’s just say future versions will be more polished. While we are still sold on smartphones with expandable holographic displays, we wouldn’t mind owning an ultra-thin, ultra compact phone like the PaperFold. What do you think? Great idea or what?

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