Look! Kyocera's Foldable Phone: Folds Up in Your Pocket

Look! Kyocera's Foldable Phone: Folds Up in Your Pocket

Range Govindan
Apr 17, 2009

Wouldn't it be cool to be able to fold up your phone when you don't need it? How about only partially unfolding it in order to make a quick call or to send a text message? That's the concept that Kyocera envisioned with its EOS phone. It has a foldable OLED screen and works off kinetic energy. Will it ever be produced? One thing is for sure, it looks pretty sexy. The fact that it actually folds up to a wallet is also pretty sweet.

Kyocera has released a few new shots of their concept phones. The one that we've featured is the EOS phone with its flexible OLED display. It folds up like a wallet and has shape-memory buttons that will pop up whenever you need them. That sounds pretty cool. The other technology included in this concept is kinetic power. It's supposed to be able to function off kinetic power, kind of like a kinetic watch.

Basically, it's like a multi-function and flexible iPhone. You can fold it up partially to make quick calls or just unfold it completely when you want get access to the screen. It's in-between a phone and a portable media player. There are other technologies that they want this phone to have, but those are years in the future. For now, I just like the fact that it folds up. It makes a big difference to have something like this. It's sure that we will have OLED screens for our phones. I'm sure that flexible screens aren't too far off. We've already seen prototypes that have these functions. For now, the kinetic power generation is a bit too far off in my book. You need to generate a lot of electricity to make your phone function. However, since OLED screens are reputed to use low power, it's conceivable that somethig like this might exist. [via core77]

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