With the new frontiers of technology, it was only a matter of time before I posed. Directly from England and from Korea, here comes the so-called flexible phone: already produced, on an experimental basis, from Nokia and Samsung (followed closely by Philips and Sony with new prototypes), is a real mobile phone.
The flexible phone, final frontier of mobile phones, will be treated like a real piece of paper: you can roll, fold to save space in the pockets and purses, but will also present a different resistance. Being far more elastic than a traditional phone, in fact, may suffer various impacts without damage. The display will be developed with the ultra-modern technology OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode): indeed, the screen will be built with a plastic-like polymer and doped ‘ with some elettrofosforescenti compounds, thus becoming able to produce its own light. OLED displays are very attractive from the point of view of energy, although the production cost is still high: an inconvenience, however, which can be topped with a large scale marketing of the new screen.
The novelty, for flexible phones, will consist in absence of glass: the screen will consist of one winding «sensitive» of three films. The screen will then always with the touch technology, but its handling will allow several developments. Samsung thinks already for some possible products which would have been impossible without the use of OLED technology: first of all, the mobile phone wrist watch, which wraps around your arm like clockwork. But even the tablet as thin as a sheet of paper, or a t-shirt with built-in screen. Have already been announced in England, also, the new devices for eBooks, i.e. virtual books in pdf format: thin and equipped with touch-screen, will, unfortunately for purists and lovers of tradition, a viable alternative to the paper. And the South Korea, Samsung’s home State, is a pioneer in the field of research into so-called ‘ electronic paper ‘: since 2010 Asia experience prototypes like this, soon renamed E-Ink. Progress leaves no more room for the card: after the first slap, represented by electronic books, so get the new ultrathin models and flexible.
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