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PaperFold foldable epaper smartphone prototype comes to light

What if you had a smartphone that used power-saving e-ink display panels? What if you could attach and detach other similar panels, and fold them this way and that, and the smartphone interface would adjust accordingly? This is exactly the proposition that is being put forward by the Human Media Lab of Queen's University with a prototype of a smartphone, if you could still call it that, called PaperFold.

Sony’s EvolutionUI homescreen turns customization into a game

A certain Disney character once said "in every job that must be done, there is an element of fun", probably the earliest expression of what is now termed "gamification". Sony has just released an internal research project called EvolutionUI that does exactly that, by incorporating achievements and badges into the process of learning how to use your smartphone.

HTC study says beauty and functionality make users happy

It might sound so obvious, but some prefer to have some numbers to back it up, and that is exactly what a research commissioned by HTC provides. The scientific study has concluded that a well-designed object, which is not only functional but also beautiful, can reduce negative emotions considerably.

Miniscule windmills could charge smartphones in the future

The mobile industry is always in search of alternative and more environment-friendly sources of power for mobile devices, with solar energy being the most common. But what if you can harness something slightly more ubiquitous like wind? That's what a pair of researches are trying out with these new "micro-windmill" energy generators.

Motorola’s Project Ara modular smartphones tap 3D Systems for manufacturing

The idea of easily upgradeable smartphones isn't an entirely new topic. We have seen a project from Phonebloks and more recently, Motorola unveiled something called Project Ara. Motorola made that announcement back towards the end of October and at the time they introduced Ara as the answer to how they could bring the "benefits of an open hardware ecosystem to 6 billion people."
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