Nokia showed off a cool concept in bendable smartphones last month, but there was another device along the same vein called HumanForm which we only saw briefly in our video demo. Besides being able to do the stuff like twist to browse and bend to zoom, the HumanForm would include gesture interaction, so you could shake your phone to navigate backwards, touch sensitivity on the outer casing (much like the Synaptics concept phone, Fuse). The phone would also include mood awareness of incoming correspondents, which is an idea we’ve seen played around with a bit before. Of the more far-fetched parts of the concept is an electro-tactile mode, where you could actually feel an image, such as a lumps on picture including a bunch of rocks.
Of course, bendable displays are a big part of bringing phones like this to reality, and Samsung is set to make the first steps in that direction starting next year. I’m worried that the technology will be more gimmicky than useful, but at least bendable phones will be less prone to shattering from impacts. What do you guys think – will a phone that bends attract a lot of buyers, or will be it a short-lived fad like 3D displays?