Date: 8 months ago   Category: Hi-Tech

The touch tablet which can be twisted in a roll is created

Scientists from Laboratory of human media at Royal the university have created a prototype of the touch device which isn't either the smartphone, or the tablet, but carries lines of both that, and another. The MagicScroll device ("a magic roll") is created under an impression of ancient rolls (from papyrus, paper or parchment) and has the curtailed cylindrical form factor - with the flexible 7,5-inch touchscreen placed in the case.

the New form factor which managed to be made with application 3D - the press, means that the device can be used as old Rolodex (you remember such?) for fast switching of contacts on the screen due to turn of the physical wheel which is built in edge of the device. (On one it on each end).

Then when more information or deeper immersion is required, the user can deploy the screen and expand the displayed display. The flexible screen of a prototype has permission 2K. Thus, at this stage it will be the mobile phone of the average level, not iPhone with Retina, of course. Phone roll: in memory of ancient Egyptians? Scientists also consider that the form factor of a roll offers pleasant ergonomic option for commission of real phone calls because the curtailed roll can densely adjoin to the person.

Though they recognize that a prototype quite big at this stage, him it is pleasant to hold in hand, remembering massive mobile phones of the 1980th years. Like classical Motorola 8000X Dynatac of 1984.

Despite bulkiness of a prototype, the team claims that the cylindrical flexible form factor possesses the pluses: it is simpler to hold him with one hand, than some iPad. And if to curtail it, he take-off in a pocket (though into big).

They also consider that this device is possible for dictation or instructions not only as voice phone. The camera allowing to operate the device by means of the gestures similar to the sign Nintendo Wiimote system is built in a prototype.

have Also added robotic drives that the screen could rotate independently to rotary castors if it is necessary. "We were inspired by design of ancient rolls because their form provides more natural, continuous submission of long visual schedules", Roel Vertegaal, professor of cheloveko-computer interaction and the director of laboratory says.

"One more source of inspiration were the old Rolodex systems which were used for storage and viewing of cards of contacts. Scrolling of MagicScroll allows to rotate a roll infinitely long and to look through long lists. Develop a roll - and receive a full picture of the chosen object. It is possible to waste chronicles in Instagram, messages or contacts in LinkedIn thus". "Eventually we hope to develop the device which will be able to be curtailed in something small, like the handle which can be put in a breast pocket", he adds. "In wider plan the MagicScroll project also allows us to investigate in addition representations about



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