Researchers have managed to produce a proto-type of the world’s first ‘paper’ phone which is built using the same E-ink technology used in Amazon’s Kindle e-reader.
According to a report on BBC News, the PaperPhone is capable of receiving and making voice calls, send messages, play music and display eBooks.
The phone has been developed in collaboration between researchers at the Human Media Lab at Queen's University, Canada and Arizona State University's Motivational Environments Research group.
Users will be able to access the device’s several functions by bending and folding the device at its corners or sides.
“Everything is going to look and feel like this within five years. This computer looks, feels and operates like a small sheet of interactive paper. You interact with it by bending it into a cell phone, flipping the corner to turn pages, or writing on it with a pen." Dr Roel Vertegaal, member of the team that created the device, said in a statement.
The device is made up of E-ink, a technology used by Amazon in Kindle, flex sensors and a touch screen, that allow it to perform almost all the functions of a bulkier Smartphone device.