The sci-fi dream of flexible electronics is on its way—it’s just taking a while to arrive. But this new prototype flexible smartphone, that responds to the way it’s bent and twisted, at least hints at how your future phone may behave.
How far does $171 million go in Silicon Valley? A group of more than 160 companies, schools, and government agencies are going to find out—thanks to a grant from the Department of Defense that will fund a San Jose institute devoted to developing flexible tech.
LG unveiled the "world's first flexible OLED panel for smartphones" on Monday morning and bragged about how products with "enhanced performance and differentiated designs" would follow next year. A fully flexible smartphone is probably not going to be among those exciting new things, however.
Futurists are always talking about how flexible electronics will change our lives in amazing ways, but we've yet to see anything mind-blowing come to market. A team of scientists from the University of Texas in Austin, however, think they've found the key to changing that: ultrafast graphene transistors printed on…