The Morphy is a design attempt to address a user’s need to keep their phones in their pockets, without having a clunky bulge that mucks up fashion lines. Designs may be elegant, but they are reliant on rigid technologies and thinking when newer options are out there to make a phone far more flexible. The idea of Morphy is that the pliable plastic design will flex and bend as the phone becomes more mailable due to body heat. Once placed in the pocket, it takes a few minutes for body heat to cause Morphy to conform to the body. When it’s placed back on the table and exposed to similar heat, the pliable hybird plastic “memory” will eventually flatten it out.
“Morphy” takes delicate flex circuit and touchscreen technologies and places them inside of a more durable, pliable hybrid plastic with a “memory” that will survive in the harsh environment of your garment pockets.
But not only does it mean a more streamlined manner to carry it, but using existing flexible circuit boards and touchscreen technologies, Kirk Schneider, the designer, says that new phones would be developed even faster than it does now. And if flexible touchscreen technology isn’t available, the designer recommends an array of smaller TFT touchscreens that “float,” independent of one another and form one larger screen that mimics the flexibility of the design. The smaller the TFT screens, perhaps even hundreds as the designer recommends, the more flexible the phone will be.
Of course, that also means not only the more expensive, but the more likelihood that one of more may break when dropped. Imagine a dead pixel times 100. But the idea of a a flexible phone that speeds development time is an interesting one. But with Android phones coming out every month or week, it seems, do we really need to speed up the development time? It would be better to lessen those two year wireless commitments.