ByMarlon McDonald, writer at
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Marlon McDonald

We've been hammering inputs into games with buttoned controllers or keyboards for so long now, any major shift from D-pads or 3D-sticks would be as jarring as Lady Deathstrike running her nails down an infinite array of chalkboards.

Okay it wouldn't be that bad, but it sure as hell would be strange at first like any monumental change to how you've been living your life for a considerable amount of time.

But a bunch of researchers from the Human Media Lab at Queen's University have created a new way of interacting with mobile phones that, if it takes off, could definitely instigate a shift in peripherals for console and PC gaming.

The Holoflex
The Holoflex

The HoloFlex is the world's very first holographic mobile phone that you interact with by bending and flexing the chassis. The unit has the ability to render 3D images with stereoscopy and motion parallax, and is said to allow more than one person to view the 3D image on screen at once. All of this without glasses and head units.

The unit, which is capable of running a version of Angry Birds, has a 1920x1080 Flexible Organic Light Emitting Diode (FOLED) touchscreen which can be bent in order to send the said aggressive winged creatures hurtling across the screen and into a tower built to protect one of those darned pesky pigs.

This monumental piece of kit got my brain firing, because imagine the uses this thing could command. It could have the potential to really change the way we interact with electronics. For example:

1. The Perfect First Console For Little Ones

Imagine you want to buy your kids a great little educational eDevice that won't break when they sit on it, chuck it around the room or what not. It could improve children's hand-eye coordination, and teach them a new way of interacting with the world.

2. Apt Controller For The NX

It sure is ground-breaking enough for this tech to be used for Nintendo's new tech. And it stands in line with one of the late Satoru Iwata's apt ethos of creating devices that can withstand the excitement of kids.

3. Could Be Great For Gamers Living With Disabilities

Interacting with on-screen inputs and a bendy device would hopefully be an ease to gamers living with certain disabilities, and open up a world of entertainment that previously may have been difficult or near-impossible to indulge in.

That's just my ten cents.

What do you think?

Excited by the bendy, 3D technology?

(Source: The Verge, TechXplore)


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