Morphees : Shape-shifting Smartphones (Video)
Are you ready for a shape-shifting smartphone? Ready or not, shape-shifting smartphones and mobile devices are making their way from research labs to the consumer marketplace.
Last month, led by Anne Roudaut, a group of computer scientists from University of Bristol in the UK presented the “Morphees” as Transformer-like mobile devices of the future.
The six prototypes, developed by the researchers, could change the shape of your mobile phone into a gaming controller or even a stress ball.
The prototypes were made out of various materials like plastic, paper and wood, along with shape-changing materials and shape-memory alloys.
The concept is called “shape resolution” and the six working prototypes are called “Morphees”. The “shape resolution” metric has ten principles that measure a flexible screen’s ability to stretch, bend, close, and curve, just to name four.
According to the researchers, users will be able to download apps to their devices to embed form applications. For example, a stress ball app would cause the device to collapse itself into a ball.
Anne Roudaut told Discovery News “Morphees are the future generation of flexible mobile devices; these are mobile devices that can change their shape on their own.”
She added: “Right now, mobile phones have no affordance; they’re just these rectangular flat screens. We need to give these devices more shapes that speak to their functionality.”
Creator of the world’s first interactive paper computer at Queen’s University in Canada, Roel Vertegaal, says “This is the future. Everything is going to look and feel like this within five years.”