Queen University of Canada have developed a mobile phone with flexible display the simulates flipping of pages even without touching the screen. This flexibility is being enabled by bend sensors lying at the back of the display.
Queen University's Human Media lab developed this flexible phone ; a full colour and high resolution that combines multi touch with bend input allowing users to experience physical tactile feedback when using
apps through bend gestures.
When ReFlex bent down on right the pages start to flip from right to left. When press harder the speed of the flip will go faster. Users can feel the sensation of page flipping through their fingers through detailed vibration of phone.
A report says that bend sensors are placed on the back of the display and the sensors can read the force of the display and in turn instruct the apps as inputs to produce appropriate outputs.
Reflex is powered by Android KitKat with boards mounted to the sides of the display. The RefFlex have LG Display with Flexible Oled touch screen
The presence of voice coils allows to simulate forces and friction through highly detailed vibrations of display.
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," Roel Vertegaal the Director of the Human Media Lab said.
The ReFlex prototype have unveiled at the tenth anniversary Conference on Tangible Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI) being held at .Netherlands this month