You can bend it like a twig, or feel it stretch like a rubber band.
It’s called “ReFlex,” and it’s built to bend and vibrate, giving users a better sense of a third dimension on their phones as they read, get directions, or play games.
Researchers from the Human Media Lab at Queen’s University in Canada revealed their lightweight prototype at the Tangible Embedded and Embodied Interaction conference in The Netherlands on Wednesday.
With a bendable phone, readers could quickly thumb through books, feeling for highlighted passages or “dog eared” pages. The bendy phone could also help drivers keep their eyes on the road, making it possible to “feel” turn-by-turn directions. And on games like Angry Birds, players could bend their screens to stretch out a slingshot with vibrations that make the phone feel like a ricocheting rubber band.