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    We're finally on the cusp of a new era for phone design, with the first commercial handsets featuring bendable, fully fordable screens (and not merely flexible or shatter-proof) ready to launch in matter of months, not years. Understandably, a big form factor change like that is going to mean a period of adjustment, and beyond simply giving us the flexibility (no pun intended) to fold our phones up for storage, bendable screens could deliver new ways to interact with smartphone software. Now a new video from the Human Media Lab at Queen’s University in Canada gives us a look at how such ...

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    It looks like Apple's best way of teasing the future to all of us is with the patent. If you want to dread and fight all about it, well, keep tabs on Samsung. We first saw a piece of Apple's future (possibly in tune with an iPhone, but applicable to any form factor) back in March 2013 with a patent application regarding a device with a wraparound, flexible display. Now, within a burst of 28 approved patents from the Patent and Trademark Office, we see that the all-around display device patent is among them. Patent #9,146,590 features the following claim: An electronic device, comprising: a ...

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    I don't know what you do for a living and I don't know where you do it. But while you might be using your phones and tablets to help you do a part of your work, you likely still have something to do with a computer. A box with a screen attached to it, plus a keyboard and mouse. You know, one of those things. Indeed, white collar work has and will increasingly rely on people not in an office. Okay, sure, that's high-minded and all that, but what I really want to know is whether or not you're going to use your phone for every single thing in your damn life. Is it possible? At some point, ...

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    "There's nothing flat about you." Depending on your gender, self-image, and the cultural values where you live, that quote (from Dr. Ramchan Woo, LG's Head of Mobile Product Planning) could be taken any number of ways. But applied to the whole of humanity in the most general sense possible, it's true: we're a race of rather rounded organisms. Yet the smartphones we carry with us to communicate with our curvy compatriots are almost invariably flat: boxy, right-angled handhelds that often pay little more than passing attention to ergonomics. That's the reason, according to Dr. Woo, that LG ...

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    Remember way back when we first started hearing about flexible displays? We saw all kinds of cool displays at trade shows demonstrating how screens could curve and bend and flex. We were all wowed! Then a few of us started reeling the conversation back towards reality. Batteries, we said, were still fairly large and bulky, and didn't bend at all. Chips and circuit boards are also pretty rigid. Then that all changed when we started seeing demos for, you guessed it, flexible batteries. This renewed the public's desire to have a flexible, perhaps even a "roll-up" smartphone or tablet. Though ...

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