The new concept phone design from Kyocera makes solar phones look archaic. The EOS phone is a flexible, folding phone with a large OLED display. Even more interesting is that the phone is powered by kinetic energy.
When being used for calls, the phone remains folded up like a small wallet, but it can unfold to reveal the OLED screen and QWERTY keyboard. The flexibility is achieved through using a soft, semi-rigid polymer skin. The keyboard itself is flexible and has shape memory so that the keys pop up for use, but blend into the surface when not being used.
The coolest feature is that using the phone also powers it. Small piezoelectric generators derive an electric charge from its use. The more you fiddle with the phone, the more energy is generated.
This phone is still in the early design stages, but features of this phone could end up in upcoming versions of Kyocera phones. Continue reading for Kyocera's full description of the EOS.
"The concept EOS envisions a future where we have a more humanistic relationship with our phones. Appealing to our haptic senses, a soft, semi-rigid polymer skin surrounds a flexible OLED display. The metaphor of a 'living' skin was used for its notions of protection and constant evolution, providing a heightened user experience.
Shape memory allows keys to morph up from its surface when needed and fade away when not in use. The flexibility of the screen allows for greater adaptability of form and interaction - it maintains a compact shape (the size of a small wallet) for simple phone calls, and unfolds to reveal a large widescreen display. The device feeds off of our physical interaction with it, translating kinetic energy into an electric charge via an array of nano-scale piezoelectric generators. The more we interact with EOS, the more energy it creates - without using batteries.
Though the Kyocera future concepts are still in their early design stages, the design teams from San Diego and Bangalore are exploring many different ways and possibilities of infusing some of the concept ideas into their near future lineup of phones and devices."
via Core 77
written by Magnulus, April 16, 2009
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