The idea of using a foldable display in a smartphone has been on the turf since couple of years and finally we get to see one of the prototype smartphone using the similar technology. In fact the latest device that has appeared online comes with a multiple screen and when all the screens are flipped or attached, the device turns into a tablet.
In fact, researchers from the Human Media Lab at Queen's University in Canada have created a foldable smartphone, which they call as PaperFold. A video posted on YouTube shows a couple of different usage of the device and how it basically works. You can check out the video here.
The shape changing smartphone allows users to fold open up to three flexible electrophoretic displays to provide extra screen real estate, the amount of space available on a display, when needed. Displays are detachable such that users can fold the device into various shapes that can range from an ultra notebook shape to a foldout map.
"In PaperFold, each display tile can act independently or as part of a single system," said Dr Vertegaal, a professor in the School of Computing and director of the Human Media Lab at Queen's University, Canada.
To be precise, the video shows, a user viewing a photo album on the foldable device and he attaches a second display via magnetic hinge, individual images are then shown in full screen on the second display and can be cycled through using gesture control. Attach a third display and you have access to editing tools and detailed information about each picture.
The prototype of the PaperFold is pretty amazing but there is no clue as to whether the device will go commercial or not and the availability also remains unknown until now.