Paper smartphone signals end for office paper mess

While Apple’s new white smartphone has grown ever so slightly chubbier around the waist, a scientist at Queen’s University has produced a device that is significantly more slimline.

According to creator Roel Vertegaal, the new PaperPhone is best described as a “flexible iPhone” and he believes that its bend gesture technology will mean an end to mountainous piles of paper in the office.

“The paperless office is here,” says Vertegaal, who may be jumping the gun if the average paper-strewn desk in offices across the world are considered. “Everything can be stored digitally and you can place these computers on top of each other just like a stack of paper, or throw them around the desk.”  

This is not the first example of an e-paper device, but it is an interesting glimpse at the way that smartphones could be operating in the future. A product that “looks, feels and operates like a small sheet of interactive paper” offers interesting features, such as being able to turn through pages just by bending the corners of the page and to even “bend it into a cell phone”.

How easily it can be bent into a paper plane to fling at the intern has not been revealed.

“This is the future. Everything is going to look and feel like this within five years,” says of the 9.5cm thin film e-ink display device which is able to able to bend to fit neatly in your pocket.

The PaperPhone apparently draws on no power when it is unused and is able to play music, store books and make calls just as you would expect from a smartphone, though no longer giving the same feeling of holding a sheet of glass or metal, according to its creator.