ReFlex OLED Smartphone Enables Multitouch with Bend Input - Energy Watch News


ReFlex OLED Smartphone Enables Multitouch with Bend Input

Revolutionary flexible smartphone allows users to feel the buzz by bending their apps. Researchers at Queen’s University’s Human Media Lab have developed the world’s first full-color, high-resolution and wireless flexible smartphone to combine multitouch with bend input. The phone, which they have named ReFlex, allows users to experience physical tactile feedback when interacting with their apps through bend gestures. ReFlex is based on a high definition 720p LG Display Flexible OLED touch screen powered by an Android 4.4 “KitKat” board mounted to the side of the display. Bend sensors behind the display sense the force with which a user bends the screen, which is made available to apps for use as input. ReFlex also features a voice coil that allows the phone to simulate forces and friction through highly detailed vibrations of the display. Combined with the passive force feedback felt when bending the display, this allows for a highly realistic simulation of physical forces when interacting with virtual objects.

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