‘ReFlex’ Flexible Android Smartphone Developed, Brings ‘Bend Gestures’ to Apps

Researchers in Canada have advanced international’s first flexible phone that uses bend sensors to simulate flipping of pages and gambling video games without even touching the show of the display screen.

Researchers at Queen’s college’s Human Media Lab advanced ReFlex – a full-coloration and excessive-decision telephone that combines multi-touch with bend enter permitting customers to revel in physical tactile remarks when interacting with their apps thru bend gestures.

“This represents a totally new manner of physical interaction with flexible smartphones,” Roel Vertegaal, director of the Human Media Lab at Queen’s university, said.

“while this cellphone is bent down at the proper, pages flip through the fingers from proper to left, much like they would in a ebook. more severe bends speed up the web page flips,” Vertegaal defined, adding: “users can experience the sensation of the page moving via their fingertips thru a detailed vibration of the smartphone.”

published on EurekAlert.com, the report said the bend sensors are located on the returned of the display to feel the force with which a user bends the display. the amount of bend is read through the sensors and is made to be had to apps to be used as enter.

ReFlex has a high definition LG display flexible Oled contact display and is powered by using an Android 4.4 (KitKat) with boards set up to the edges of the show.

The telephone additionally features a voice coil that lets in the phone to simulate forces and friction through notably targeted vibrations of the display.

“This lets in for the maximum accurate physical simulation of interacting with virtual facts possible on a smartphone today,” Vertegaal cited.

“whilst a person plays the “angry Birds” sport with ReFlex, they bend the display to stretch the sling shot. as the rubber band expands, customers experience vibrations that simulate those of a real stretching rubber band. when released, the band snaps, sending a jolt via the smartphone and sending the bird flying across the screen,” Vertegaal said.

The researchers will unveil the ReFlex prototype on the tenth anniversary conference on Tangible Embedded and Embodied interplay (TEI) – world’s highest quality conference on tangible human-laptop interplay – in Eindhoven, The Netherlands on February 17.