MorePhone: Revolutionary shape-changing phone curls upon a call (w/ Video)

Revolutionary shape-changing phone curls upon a call
The MorePhone, developed by Roel Vertegaal at Queen's University in Canada, will be launched at CHI2013 in Paris. Credit: Queen's Univesrity Human Media Lab

Researchers at Queen's University's Human Media Lab have developed a new smartphone – called MorePhone – which can morph its shape to give users a silent yet visual cue of an incoming phone call, text message or email.

"This is another step in the direction of radically new interaction techniques afforded by smartphones based on thin film, flexible display technologies" says Roel Vertegaal (School of Computing), director of the Human Media Lab at Queen's University who developed the flexible PaperPhone and PaperTab.

"Users are familiar with hearing their phone ring or feeling it vibrates in silent mode. One of the problems with current silent forms of notification is that users often miss notifications when not holding their phone. With MorePhone, they can leave their smartphone on the table and observe visual shape changes when someone is trying to contact them."

MorePhone is not a traditional . It is made of a thin, flexible display manufactured by – a British company and a world leader in . Sandwiched beneath the display are a number of wires that contract when the phone notifies the user. This allows the phone to either curl either its entire body, or up to three individual corners. Each corner can be tailored to convey a particular message. For example, users can set the top right corner of the MorePhone to bend when receiving a , and the bottom right corner when receiving an email. Corners can also repeatedly bend up and down to convey messages of greater urgency.

  • MorePhone: Revolutionary shape-changing phone curls upon a call (w/ Video)
  • MorePhone: Revolutionary shape-changing phone curls upon a call (w/ Video)

Dr. Vertegaal thinks bendable, flexible cell phones are the future and MorePhones could be in the hands of consumers within five to 10 years. Queen's researchers will unveil the prototype at the ACM CHI 2013 (Computer-Human Interaction) in Paris on April 29th. The annual conference is the world's premier conference on all aspects of human-computer interaction.

MorePhone was developed by Dr. Vertegaal and his School of Computer students Antonio Gomes and Andrea Nesbitt.


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