ReFlex is the world’s first flexible display smartphone
Flexible displays have been under development for quite some time now and we’ve seen working prototypes of a full-fledged rollable display by LG at CES 2016. Taking things to the next level is Queen’s University Human Media Lab who have developed the world’s first multi-touch high-resolution and wireless flexible smartphone. First of its kind, the smartphone is dubbed as ReFlex, and being true to its name, this phone uses haptic bend input to provide simulated experience while interacting with apps. That makes it a flexible smartphone with a completely new way of using apps by providing bending gestures.
ReFlex has a high definition 720p LG Display Flexible OLED touchscreen which has bend sensors to measure the input user is looking for. For example an app that shows comic book pages in a flip-like format, wherein the user bends the screen and highly detailed vibration simulates the effect of turning pages of a book. This ensures very realistic physical forces when interacting with virtual objects.
The flexible OLED display has its own Android 4.4 KitKat powered board mounted to the sides of this display. The pressure and amount of bend determines the input for apps that will make use of this display’s tech forward aesthetics. However, there is no mention of hardware specifications of other components like RAM or processor.
Roel Vertegaal (School of Computing), director of the Human Media Lab at Queen’s University said:
When a user plays the “Angry Birds” game with ReFlex, they bend the screen to stretch the sling shot. As the rubber band expands, users experience vibrations that simulate those of a real stretching rubber band. When released, the band snaps, sending a jolt through the phone and sending the bird flying across the screen.