Canadian Queen’s University’s Human Media Lab has developed world’s first flexible smartphone. It uses sensors to simulate flipping of pages and playing games without touching the screen. The phone is named ReFlex which has multi-touch with bend inputs. This allows users to experience physical tactile feedback through bend gestures.
Roel Vertegaal of the Human Media Lab said “This represents a completely new way of physical interaction with flexible smartphones.” He also mentioned “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” Users can feel the sensation of the page moving through their fingertips through a detailed vibration of the phone.
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