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Bend me, shape me: Flexible phones 'out by 2013' (Bendable Phones)
BBC ^ | 11/29/2012 | BBC

Posted on 11/30/2012 6:41:05 PM PST by Dallas59








Imagine treating your phone like a piece of paper.

Roll it up. Drop it. Squish it in your backpack. Step on it - without any damage.

Researchers are working on just such handsets - razor-thin, paper-like and bendable.

There have already been prototypes, attracting crowds at gadget shows.

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Computers/Internet; Science; Society
KEYWORDS: bendable; phones

1 posted on 11/30/2012 6:41:09 PM PST by Dallas59
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To: Dallas59
Nothing new under the sun!


2 posted on 11/30/2012 6:43:37 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Dallas59

Cool, now the Obama voters can snort they Obamacrack through they Obamaphones.


3 posted on 11/30/2012 6:43:39 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

After they dial 911 to report racism.


4 posted on 11/30/2012 6:45:13 PM PST by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: Dallas59

What is the utility of it, let alone the durability? And why does that last rendering show a display on both sides of the phone?

Japanese tend to love new gadgets of questionable value just for the novelty. Most of them never see the light of day in the US.


5 posted on 11/30/2012 6:49:37 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: cripplecreek

Yass ‘n they can stuffum up they Obama too when the po-po po-pulls they ovah.


6 posted on 11/30/2012 6:51:03 PM PST by Fightin Whitey
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To: cripplecreek

It’s the second administration Obamaphone 2.0.

More flexible.


7 posted on 11/30/2012 6:51:12 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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8 posted on 11/30/2012 6:51:58 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: Dallas59
I can't think of anything more stupid and useless.

Hello, ... honey?
Yeah ... milk, eggs and bread ...
got it ..
yeah .. I love you too.


and I close my flip phone.

9 posted on 11/30/2012 6:54:12 PM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Revolting cat!

Yes, those old rotary phones also bent, if you applied enough pressure.


10 posted on 11/30/2012 6:54:54 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: RegulatorCountry

If they can fold like paper, you could have larger screens than can be folded to fit in your pocket. You might be able to have screens, when unfolded that might be 8”.


11 posted on 11/30/2012 6:57:31 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: knarf

LOL! Sounds like me and my flip phone.


12 posted on 11/30/2012 6:59:35 PM PST by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: Jonty30

Repeated folding doesn’t eventually stress the plastic to the point of hazing and cracking?


13 posted on 11/30/2012 6:59:42 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: knarf

I appreciate the great technological advances that are driven by the consumerism. On the other hand I can’t help but feel that the constant need for something new is driving the complete lack of fiscal restraint among the public which filters up to government.

There’s a balance to be struck but its one we can only act on at a personal level.


14 posted on 11/30/2012 7:00:27 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Inyo-Mono
I take an occassional picture I can't see, don't text and my bill is 25 a mo on my son in law's group plan.


sweeet.

15 posted on 11/30/2012 7:02:31 PM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Dallas59

Now when you feel for the phone you can check every pocket and still not find it. Imagine the advantage of no tactil feed back on a phone that is hard to hold and can blow down the street like a dropped piece of home work!

Yes folks, its the new tits on a boar phone. Coming to a high school near you.


16 posted on 11/30/2012 7:04:49 PM PST by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: RegulatorCountry

They must have overcome that limitation somehow, if they are getting it ready for the consumer market. Perhaps the screen is split when folded, but seamless when joined together.


17 posted on 11/30/2012 7:05:49 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: RegulatorCountry

The real money is in re-selling to the satisfied customer whose phone is all cracked and hazed.


18 posted on 11/30/2012 7:07:05 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (Global Warming is a religion, and I don't want to be taxed to pay for a faith that is not mine.)
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To: Revolting cat!

Too bad we’ve lost the “space race”.


19 posted on 11/30/2012 7:08:45 PM PST by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: Dallas59

"These old Obamaphones suck! When you gonna get us those new flexible Obamaphones?"


20 posted on 11/30/2012 7:13:24 PM PST by COBOL2Java (GOPe: Already prepping for their 2016 loss - Jeb Bush!)
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To: COBOL2Java

wow, so Jabba the Hut voted Obama....


21 posted on 11/30/2012 7:21:22 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Dallas59
All we need is a pair of glasses that projects whatever seemingly small or large size object we need on our retinas. The glasses will have a built-in headset so we can hear/talk. They will emit some sort of infrared light that we can move our fingers through to simulate key strokes, swirls, etc.

No need for any kind of gadget, no matter how big or how small or how bendable.

22 posted on 11/30/2012 7:26:36 PM PST by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: Revolting cat!

Did you steal those from Maxwell Smart?


23 posted on 11/30/2012 7:29:08 PM PST by bramps (Sarah Palin got more votes in 2008 than Romney did in 2012)
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To: who_would_fardels_bear

Another feature for your dream smartphone...

Motion detection on the retina to move a cursor, combined with wink detection. Look at something on the screen, and close your left eye to “left-click” the cursor, or your right eye to “right-click”. Come up with some simple wink patterns to handle different click/select/drag actions.


24 posted on 11/30/2012 7:46:04 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: American in Israel

When they really implement this stuff successfully, it won’t be so flimsy as a total package. They have stuff like, a cylinder that the flat screen rolls up into. It could be a keychain size, for a small phone, or something the size of a pocket flashlight, to roll out a tablet. You’ll still have something solid and substantial to hang out to, I think.


25 posted on 11/30/2012 7:49:46 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: Revolting cat!

26 posted on 11/30/2012 8:04:24 PM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: knarf

That’s me, too, but I did have one phone (RIP) that could have benefited from this feature.


27 posted on 11/30/2012 8:11:35 PM PST by Gil4 (Progressives - Trying to repeal the Law of Supply and Demand since 1848)
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To: Dallas59
Roll it up. Drop it. Squish it in your backpack. Step on it - without any damage.

Flimsy, squishy, and not a rigid component in its body? Sounds like an expensive waste of time. They should name it "the Republican."

28 posted on 11/30/2012 8:52:30 PM PST by Repeat Offender (What good are conservative principles if we don't stand by them?)
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To: Dallas59
Too bad we’ve lost the “space race”.

We might be able to make bendable phones but we cannot get a man to the Moon or even into orbit. Still, think back to the technology of 1970, we were able to achieve both the latter back then.

2012 Man: Look, we got bendable phones we can carry!

1970 Man: Yeah, but we can get a man to the Moon, you can't even get a man into orbit.

2012 Man: .............
29 posted on 11/30/2012 9:17:42 PM PST by Nowhere Man (It is about time we re-enact Normandy, at the shores of the Potomac.)
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To: Revolting cat!
Nothing new under the sun!

I prefer the classic model.


30 posted on 12/01/2012 4:56:34 AM PST by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: Revolting cat!
Nothing new under the sun!

I prefer the classic model.


31 posted on 12/01/2012 5:44:32 AM PST by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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