Canadian lab prototypes “PaperPhone”

Cellphones have been getting lighter and smaller with each new release. If researchers at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada have their way, the next gen phones will be paper thin. They recently unveiled the prototype of their “paperphone”, a smartphone prototype using a 3.7″ electrophoretic E Ink display which was built with E Ink’s Broadsheet AM300 prototyping kit. The hardware includes a Gumstix processor and Arduino microcontroller. In this prototype, all sensor recognition takes place in a connected laptop running Cycling 74’s Max 5 programming environment.

For more info visit the Human Media Lab.

The researchers plan to release more information at the next week at the Computer Human Interface conference in Vancouver.

Via Betanews.

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  1. Drone says:

    Arduino + Max 5 = cellphone. Ugh. Is this how Universities are training young Engineers these days? If so – we’re done for.

  2. rsdio says:

    How is bending the corner or center of a piece of plastic more intuitive than directly manipulating images on the screen with touch gestures?

    The narrator implies that flexible circuits allow us to use electronic devices in the same way we use paper, but I never curl the edges of my printouts to make them do things.

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