Flexible displays are the hottest new trend in smartphones and mobile devices. While Samsung and LG have recently released smartphones with curved displays, the purely flexible screen has not yet seen the light of day, commercially at least. It is coming however, and the LG G Flex and Samsung Galaxy Round are just the beginning. A new concept shows us what a purely flexible screen can do, and it looks amazing.
Coming to us from Milan, Italy is a graceful and sleek design, akin to Apple’s design aesthetics. De Poorter Design, who came up with the concept, has named it iFlex, which denotes the close relationship to Apple design.
The design shows how a device with a flexible screen could be used, ranging from an alarm clock to a digital makeup tool.
As for design, the concept is formed from two rigid side pieces, mad of aluminum, These connect to the center via a silicone piece, which allows the device to assume and maintain any given angle. The device sports a magnetic lock to protect the screen when it is not in use. The touchscreen is surrounded by nylon, providing a level of comfort when in the hand.
The concept is truly amazing, and is undoubtedly the way of the future. If Samsung and LG’s newest entries are any indication, 2014 will be the year of the flexible display.
Check out the concept below, and let us know your thoughts on flexible display technology.
iFlex, FlexPhone Concept with Flexible Display
2014 could be the year of flexible displays: not only a technological revolution, but also something that will open new unexplored possibilities, thanks to a new creative design freedom. It will be the beginning of a new generation of digital devices with improved usability.
iFlex, the concept of flexPhone created by de Poorter Design studio in Milan, illustrates the future possibilities offered by these new flexible displays. The two sides of the rigid flexPhone aluminum case are connected by the central silicone part with deformable inlay so that the device can assume and maintain any desired angle, supporting new usage patterns. The phone has a magnetic lock for the closed position that protects the display from scratches and bumps. The flexible touchscreen display is surrounded by a nylon frame. Obviously, the same principle can be applied to tablets and laptops as well. The iFlex concept can give birth to the flexApps, a new generation of software applications that have never been possible with rigid displays. Some new usage examples have already been devised, such as a digital makeup tool for women, a bent-over placeholder for conference speakers with the name for the public on one side, and the remaining time or teleprompter on the other, and an alarm clock that can be switched off with
a touch of the hand on the top.
[Via: DE POORTER DESIGN]