The future of the Mobile Device is tied to flexibility. Bendable, foldable and curved devices, enabled by advanced components and materials, will bring new high-margin opportunities to manufacturers. If you’ve ever thought, it would be convenient to have a mobile device with an acceptable screen size you could comfortably put in your pocket, you are not alone.
This attitude is reflected in the strong growth anticipated in markets for flexible and curved displays over the next several years. Market analysts at Touch Display Research, for example, forecast that flexible and curved displays will achieve 16% of global revenues by 2023, compared with 1% in 2013.
The designer of this Future Universal Mobile Device concept, Callil Capuozzo, draws attention to the fact that, in practice, most users would prefer to have more than one device. But could get lost in all the electronic toys or forget to charge the hungry batteries, so the design attempts to combine all the electronics into one versatile device.
This mobile computer of the future is made of modern flexible materials. With its high performance and traditionally sensitive touch screen, the tablet can easily be folded and transformed into a smartphone. It even has a detachable section of the phone with a small transparent display that can be wrapped around the user’s head, turning into a form of “Google Glass”.
Some curved displays, such as Samsung’s Galaxy Edge smartphone with its beautiful curved edges, are already available. But the technology required to create flexible, bendable devices will also require flexible internal electronics.
Fortunately, small form factor microprocessors and wireless interfaces are abundant these days, with ARM, Texas Instruments, ST Electronics, and others, all offering a range of performance processors at competitive prices. Advances in ultra-thin chips packages (UTCP) technologies now enables the integration of electronic circuits with low-cost flexible substrates.
An important manufacturing breakthrough for flexible mobile devices and wearables of the future.
Read Article (GloriaSt | itechfuture.com | 12/27/2015)
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