Scientists in Canada claim to have developed the world’s first flexible smartphone.
Researchers from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, said the flexible high-resolution wireless smartphone – called the ReFlex – allows users to experience physical tactile feedback when interacting with their apps through bend gestures.
Roel Vertegaal, director of the Human Media Lab, which is based at the University, explained: “When this smartphone is bent down on the right, pages flip through the fingers from right to left, just like they would in a book. More extreme bends speed up the page flips.
“Users can feel the sensation of the page moving through their fingertips via a detailed vibration of the phone. This allows eyes-free navigation, making it easier for users to keep track of where they are in a document.”
Vertegaal said the flexible smartphones could be on general sale within five years.