In future tablets or big mobiles can be folded and put in your pocket. Thanks to researches that have successfully developed sensors out of inexpensive material . The University of British Columbia made sensor by highly conductive gel sandwiched between layers of silicone that can detect different types of touch like swiping , tapping etc. even when it is stretched, folded of bent. This is a breakthrough in the quest of manufacturing folding screens in the future
iPhone’s 3D Touch can detect pressure Samsung’s AirView can detect a hovering finger and etc, etc. The UBC teams contribution is a device that can combine all these functions in one compact package, the researcher of the University ; Mirza Saquib Sarwar explained.
“There are also sensors that are foldable, transparent and stretchable. Our contribution is a device that combines all those functions in one compact package,” said Sarwar. The prototype measures 5 cm x 5 cm but could be easily scaled up as it uses inexpensive, widely available materials, including the gel and silicone.
Ref: Indian Express; Tech news