Thursday, January 31, 2008

Motorola patents flexible mobile phone

A view of things to come ...

A user interface system (102) for a portable electronic device (100) is disclosed. The user interface system includes an interface (202) that is made of a flexible material and has an active position and an inactive position. The interface is coupled with a reservoir (204). The reservoir is used for storing electrorheological fluid (206). The user interface system also includes a source (208) that is coupled to the reservoir. The source is used for applying an electric field to the electrorheological fluid when the interface is in the active position.

Nowadays, electronic devices, for example, a mobile telephone, a personal digital assistant (PDA), a laptop computer and/or a smart telephone, are becoming increasingly popular. An electronic device generally has a user interface system, which facilitates user interaction with the electronic device. The user interface system, such as a keyboard, a keypad and a touch screen, can be used to input data to the electronic device or provide commands to the electronic device. Further, the user interface system, such as a Liquid Crystal Display (LCD), an electronic (E) paper, and a touch screen, can be used to display information. These user interface systems tend to be bulky and inflexible, causing inconvenience in portability and problems in handling.

Currently, there exist various user interface systems, which are portable to a certain degree. In one such user interface system, various components of the user interface system can be disassembled and assembled whenever required. However, such a user interface system requires manual effort to assemble and disassemble that can be time-consuming and tiresome. Further, the user interface system becomes bulky after being re-assembled. Moreover, this user interface system may not facilitate portability since it might not be convenient for a user to disassemble and assemble the system frequently.

In view of the foregoing discussion, there exists a need for a user interface system which occupies the minimum amount of workspace and is easy to carry as well."    (Continued via Just Another Mobile Phone Blog)    [Usability Resources]

Motorola Flexible Screen - Usability, User Interface Design

Motorola Flexible Screen

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