Monday, 18 February 2019

Flexible extension screens

At the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in the USA, A4 flexible screens were featured by a company called Faytech (here).  The touch-screen is aiming to be thin and lightweight, and is being touted by the company as "the paper of the future". The idea is that the extension screen will allow your phone to work like a keyboard and the display will be your screen.

While commercialisation in the way that I would envisage it is still not quite happening yet, it is between currently 4mm and 8mm thick, and weighs about 400g. Being so light, it will be immensely portable, and once it is really foldable, it will be so much more useful. I hope the technology will catch up with the functionality that consumers will be wanting quite quickly.

Watch what Faytech say about it at:


Some while ago - more than a decade ago and before WiFi - I read about this as an idea in Japan. The idea was that "the paper" would replace newspapers, and we would download our pages directly from the internet. Didn't happen, largely because newspapers went digital with the rise of smartphones. However, that doesn't stop this new technology possibly arising at the right time.

Netflix on an A4 screen would be much better than on a smartphone screen!


Sam

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