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Next up, paper-like flexible phones

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Kingston, Ontario (UPI) May 4, 2011
In a few years, cellphones and tablet computers will fold in your pocket like paper, a Canadian media developer says.

Roel Vertegaal, director of Human Media Lab at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, is presenting his prototype, the PaperPhone, at the Association of Computing Machinery's Computer Human Interaction conference in Vancouver next week.

"This is the future. Everything is going to look and feel like this within five years," he said Wednesday. "This computer looks, feels and operates like a small sheet of interactive paper. You interact with it by bending it into a cellphone, flipping the corner to turn pages, or writing on it with a pen."

The PaperPhone's display is a thin, flexible display that measures 3.7 inches diagonally. When documents can be stored on larger versions, offices will no longer need paper or printers, Vertegaal says.

"The paperless office is here. Everything can be stored digitally and you can place these computers on top of each other just like a stack of paper, or throw them around the desk," he said.

A study on the interactive use of bending flexible thin film computers is to be published at the conference, and Vertegaal's team also will demonstrate a wristband computer called the Snaplet.




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The number of US homes owning television sets is falling for the first time in two decades, the Nielsen Co. said on Tuesday. Nielsen estimated that 114.7 million US households, or 96.7 percent of US homes, will own television sets next year, down from the current 115.9 million, or 98.9 percent. Nielsen said the last drop in TV ownership was in 1992. It said there were several reasons ... read more

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