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The PaperPhone Promotes a Different Twist on Tactile Tech Interaction

By: Amelia Roblin - Published: May 7, 2011 • References: nanowerk and ubergizmo
The standard of human-gadget interaction seems to have settled with the action of poking, but the PaperPhone prototype suggests an entirely different way of operating your handset.

Queen’s University professor Dr. Roel Vertegaal has been working on this cutting-edge concept with the help of Audrey Girouard, Byron Lahey and Winslow Burleson. The research and experiments conducted in association with Arizona State University has lead to some breakthrough discoveries into the use of flexible electronic paper displays and e-ink, which enables users to communicate with digital devices using programmable bend gestures. Different commands can thus be performed on the PaperPhone by manipulating the pliable page of the mobile phone with the fingers. Thus, the PaperPhone is one of the few cellphones to depart from the fingertip contact that buttons and touchscreens require.