Canadian lab prototypes “PaperPhone”

Posted on Sunday, May 8th, 2011 in demonstrations, LCD by the machinegeek

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.

This entry was posted on Sunday, May 8th, 2011 at 8:17 pm and is filed under demonstrations, LCD. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

2 Responses to “Canadian lab prototypes “PaperPhone””

  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.

Leave a Reply

Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.

Recent Comments

  • Paul Campbell: I'm old enough that I started programming with punched cards .... each card had a sequence number in the last few characters. A friend once...
  • Ian: test comment on /blog/ page
  • ian: No, that's exactly how it should be :) Sorry about missing names on comments, the theme is being reworked as we speak.
  • J. Peterson: Nice writeup. It looks like some of the formatting for your command examples needs some missing newlines?
  • Geert Jordaens: I'm not sure what kind of licensing I have to add since it is a fairly straight forward implementation of the adaptive Huffman Decoding. For...