Look, there’s really no point in comparing smartphones and paper, but if you were to do such a thing, one huge point in paper’s favor is its extreme flexibility. Now Queens U’s Human Media Lab has unveiled a concept that should really make paper start to sweat — the ReFlex bendable smartphone.
Flexible displays have been demonstrated before, but ReFlex introduces a new element: Haptic feedback. This means that the smartphone doesn’t just bend, but also lets the user interact with it on a tactile level — like, for instance, feeling the pages of a book move as you flip through the pages.
It’s an effect that is probably better demonstrated in video rather than text (at least until you actually get to try it for yourself), so check out ReFlex in the video below. It’s just a concept for now, but hopefully this technology or something very much like it will be available soon — but not too soon, for paper’s sake. For now, you can get some more info at the HML site right here.
Here’s the video: