Today’s smartphones are poweful, but they are well, boring. These typical rectangular phones are a necessity, but they’ve just becoming such a staple in our daily lives that we hardly notice at all. However, handsets that are capable of being twisted, bended, or folded like a plastic sheet, are undoubtedly going to shock and revitalise the smartphone industry. Will these bendable smartphones become a reality? We think so.
Why Get a Bendable Smartphone?
Because they are cool. Duh?
The ability to not only fold but flex your handphones is not only visually cool, but intellectually mindblowing as well. Why? Because electronic parts aren’t suppose to be bent, unless they have a hinge.
Other than the cool factor, there are actually practical reasons for you to want to bend your smartphone.
Firstly, bending your smartphone makes your large phablet with a huge screen much easier to carry around. Your phablet isn’t going to be some mediocre 6-incher, it can possibly even be an 8 or a 10-inch device.
Secondly, these smartphones can be assembled, alright, not assembled, but printed like newsprint. Roel Vertegaal, director of Human Media Lab at Canada’s Queens University believes this might make the phones cheaper to build.
These devices also allow for a movable 3D work surface that will change user interaction, as to how people carry and use their phones. Even mobile phone gameplay can be revolutionised as a result.
Even though the research into flexible mobile phones are heating up in research labs, you shouldn’t expect to see them everywhere immediately.
This is for a couple of reasons, firstly, the flexible phones will be incredibly costly to make (as with any device that utilises new technology). Secondly, tt will sell in small numbers and only in 1-2 testing markets to see how consumers react to them before being cancelled or mass-produced.
It’s honestly incredibly difficult to build a flexible smartphone though, because a flexible smartphone will most likely be able to carry only a very small battery and circuit boards have to be reinvented and made to be bendable even though they are currently quite rigid,
The Arms Race
Flexible smartphones aren’t exactly a 100% hit. No one can really predict the future, so why would companies try their best and put so much money into it?
Well, there is the fame that comes with being the first to build it, something like throwing the first man on the moon. Of course, the first company that does it well clearly have an advantage in the market if these flexible gadgets do gain popularity.
Through these types of inventions, smartphone manufacturers will be able to work and build on past discoveries as well as pushing forward to fuel new ones. By the time-tested method of trial and error, the industry will then learn how to find ou what will work and what won’t.
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