Next Big Thing – touchscreen books

Wish you could fold your iPad up and stick it in your pocket? Touchscreen origami here we come

Ooh, holographic screens?

Not quite, but close. FoldMe is an MIT Fluid Interfaces project that makes paper-like touchscreen displays. Annoyingly, they need a room rigged up with overhead projectors and infrared sensors to work but the way the prototypes bend and flip is still impressive.

Will it smell nice and have dog-eared page corners?

It's only a matter of time with Smellovision round the corner. But FoldMe prototypes do put paper's finer qualities to good use – less chewing gum holder, more like being thin, light, double-sided and foldable.

Not as portable with all those projectors though?

True. But with spring-loaded reversible hinges and devices with up to three displays that fold any which way you want, all MIT has to do now is get rid of the projector set-up and IR tracking.


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