Utilizing the same technology as the Amazon Kindle, researchers at Queens University have created a flexible e-ink display that could be controlled through manipulation. The Paper Phone, as it’s been coined, premiered at the Computer Human Interaction conference where visitors could see just how thin future smartphone displays could be.
The Paper Phone is no thicker than a few pieces of paper. Instead of touching the screen, users can bend the corners of the “page” to execute commands. Some experts say this could be the end of physical computer desktop displays, since these e-ink displays could be laid directly on a surface – such as a real desktop.