Not to be left behind the curve by Nokia's amazing flexible smartphone, Samsung's announced that it planning to release — not just show concept prototypes — a flexible smartphone or tablet in 2012. Next year's already shaping up to be quite the year.
This week in Orlando the wireless industry's hoi polloi and hoity toady will gather for the twice-annual CTIA exhibition (why the entire consumer electronics industry manages to squeeze its business into a single CES but the cellphone people need two shows is one of those "why is Kim Kardashian famous" mysteries — but I digress). I could postulate on what the major handset makers will do, but we'll know for sure in a few scant days — and so will you. Or, do a Google search on "Mobile World Congress 2011 new phones" to get a glimmer of the goodies likely to be launched this week. Maybe I've been doing this too long, but I'm getting a bit cynical about significant further cellphone innovations. Over the next six months or so, well be seeing more dual core phones to follow the Motorola Atrix (perhaps some that also will serve as the core for a laptop accessory like Atrix), and a lot more LTE phones, and a few of both — perhaps the iPhone 5, for instance. But there'll likely be no revolutionary technology breakthroughs at CTIA, which begs the question: Have we reached the cellphone Peter Principal? Are all the great cellphone breakthroughs taken? Let's discuss.
Samsung is at the forefront of digital displays again. This time, the company is toying around with using flexible displays to make 3D movies really jump off the screen.
Here's a new use for flexible display: Bend it and its image starts zooming in. Bend it the other way, and it zooms out. Toshiba's 800x600 panel has a sensor inside that interacts with viewing software, triggering a zoom when the edge-lit display is bent one way or the other.