This is the ‘world’s first rollable tablet PC’ and it looks like a magic scroll .
‘Another source of inspiration was the old Rolodex filing systems
that were used to store and browse contact cards.
The MagicScroll’s scroll wheel allows for infinite scroll action for quick browsing through long lists. Unfolding the scroll is a tangible experience that gives a full screen view of the selected item.’
Another feature packed into the device is motion-sensing similar to a Nintendo game controller.
The team says its next goal is to try and make the device even smaller.
‘Eventually, our hope is to design the device so that it can even roll into something as small as a pen that you could carry in your shirt pocket,’ Dr. Vertegaal said.
‘More broadly, the MagicScroll project is also allowing us to further examine notions that ‘screens don’t have to be flat’ and ‘anything can become a screen’.
According to tech site ZD Net, Samsung’s mobile phone boss DJ Koh told journalists at the event that when it comes to making a foldable phone, Samsung ‘didn’t want to lose the world’s-first title.’
He said the company was ‘focusing on developing innovations that will be genuinely accepted and liked by consumers.’
The idea of creating a folding phone was first prompted back in 2016 and the company has worked on it since then.
And we’re not talking about those Motorola flip phones from the 90s with a keypad, either. These would be proper smartphones that use cutting-edge foldable screen technology like the one above developed by the Human Media Lab.
As well as having a central display that folds along a spine, the futuristic gadget could have a screen on the outside.
We dread to think of the repair bill if you drop it.