Paper phones are here! New York, 05/06/2011, by G. Canepa, 1800Mobiles Editor:
Performing the same functions of a smartphone, the Paperphone is claimed to be the smartphone of the future. Currently the PaperPhone is just a prototype. The paperphone reinvents mobile calling, menu navigation, music listening and reading via its bendable surface.
Will this new way of interacting with your calls replace a smartphone touch screen? The PaperPhone will not hit the market for 5 years, so until then it looks like the smartphone is safe. Being just a prototype, the paperphone will demonstrate its capabilities at the Association of Computing Machinery's Computer Human Interaction 2011 conference in Vancouver. Roel Vertegaal, the director of Canada's Queen's University Human Media Lab will show how the Android operating system runs on this E-Ink-bending-sensor-paper-like-screen.
The PaperPhone can be bent and also can be written on with a pen. Inventor Roel Vertegaal believes this is the future of the smartphone. A smartphone that is light weight with a flexible anti-glare screen may appeal to some. Lacking color, you miss out on vivid mobile viewing. Only time will tell.