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Old 06-03-2008, 02:37 PM   #1
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Flexible computers use displays with any shape

Imagine computers that adjust their shape according to some computational outcome, or through interactions with users. It's called Kinetic Organic Interface (KOI) and professor Roel Vertegaal is working on this in his Human Media Laboratory at Queens University.

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Professor Vertegaal forsees drinks cans with RSS feeds or movie trailers, and touch-sensitive computers that change shape when you need them for different purposes. It's a combination of three-dimensional multi-touch, flexible display technology and smart materials like e-ink. Vertegaal even compares our use of current "flat" computer technology to life in the novel Flatland, and argues that the future is going to be about 3D computing and displays.
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And here is a video demonstrating how crazy this could be...

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Old 06-03-2008, 02:44 PM   #2
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The advertising world will be all over this technology.
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Old 06-03-2008, 02:52 PM   #3
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Sounds like from a stereotypical SciFi flick to me
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Old 06-03-2008, 05:11 PM   #4
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One of the major problems I have with this whole concept is that while it might be technically possible within a few years you'd have some really expensive e-paper that would likely be very, very fragile. I've never read any technical papers on e-ink or similar designs that allow it to be durable enough to be that thin and handled by your average Joe.

This just seems the wrong direction IMO, but hey I'm no visionary.

I'd rather see more truly three dimensional interaction such as holographic displays. These aren't appropriate for everything, but for several applications they just make sense.
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Old 06-03-2008, 06:27 PM   #5
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One of the major problems I have with this whole concept is that while it might be technically possible within a few years you'd have some really expensive e-paper that would likely be very, very fragile. I've never read any technical papers on e-ink or similar designs that allow it to be durable enough to be that thin and handled by your average Joe.
Polymer Vision, Plastic Logic, LG Philips, PVI and others are all working on thin and flexible E Ink displays, and they are all likely concerned with durability. The only action that I would have a tough time imagining as possible, is crumpling up the paper at the very end, and you probably wouldn't want to do that anyway.

http://www.polymervision.com
http://www.plasticlogic.com
http://www.cdrinfo.com/Sections/News...x?NewsId=17320
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=11072

http://www.eink.com/technology/flexible.html for more examples
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Old 06-03-2008, 06:52 PM   #6
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I know that e-ink type displays can be made flexible, but again it's that durability I'm worried about. Like you said, many companies are working on that very problem right now, but I dunno if we're there yet. Considering how much *any* e-ink device costs right now it feels like we're quite a ways off from having anything commonly available like what they are talking about in that video.

I'm not saying it's not cool or that it'll never happen, just seems a little premature.
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Old 06-03-2008, 07:18 PM   #7
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Most of the gestures mentioned in the video seem rather silly and inefficient IMHO. I understand that they're trying to simplify things, but I think they're overdoing it a bit. A sweeping gesture in the specific direction would have been quicker than flipping the whole page. And the whole rub-to-copy was way too slow.
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Old 06-03-2008, 08:49 PM   #8
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Old 06-04-2008, 06:41 AM   #10
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Old 06-10-2008, 03:35 PM   #11
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Looks like a vision of the future to me. You've got to imagine that this technology has loads of applications.
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I think one of the coolest thing about that display is how they used directed overhead projection to cheat the audience into seeing how it would work (okay, not 'cheating,' but you know what I mean).

As for durability, a slim chunk of plastic is probably an order of magnitude more accommodating to a hostile environment that a nice thin chunk of glass.
Have yet to see flexible glass, and that transparent aluminium is REALLY expensive, so I think that a flexible display like this would work well.

I would agree with the integrated swipe versus movement complaint. However, a motion-sensitive device could offer some intuitive, fun new ways to utlise any device.
You know, shake shake shake, shake shake shake, shake your cell phone...
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Old 06-10-2008, 05:30 PM   #13
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I've always had this idea that some day we could have holographic displays that create a virtual "flat" image that could be resized dynamically using hand gestures.
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