30 Dec '16, 2pm

Fold-Up Smartphone Screens Could Finally Make Their Big Debut

Fold-Up Smartphone Screens Could Finally Make Their Big Debut

Photo-illustration: Edmon de Haro The rumors have been swirling for months. Though they couldn’t be confirmed, their persistence suggests that something significant may be coming from ­Samsung, possibly as early as this year: a foldable mobile. Today, the world of mobiles consists of two major realms—tablets and smartphones. Tablets are good for reading magazines and books, typing long messages on a linked keyboard, looking at pictures, and surfing the Web. Smartphones are good for texting and ­talking. Engineers have long dreamed of merging the two. Such a device would morph from one to the other by folding: Open, it’s a tablet, but by bending or folding it in half you’d transform it into a phone. “You can expect to open up your phone and double the screen real estate,” says Roel Vertegaal , a computer scientist at Queen’s ­University in Ontario. Besides the versatility, ...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/consumer-electronics/portable-de...

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