Published: September 2, 2018 20:34:37 hours
In a first, scientists have developed a retractable tablet with touchscreen – inspired by old roles to create a modern device. The device, called MagicScroll, consists of a flexible, high-resolution display that can be rolled up or rolled around a central, 3D-printed cylindrical body that contains the computerized internal workings of the device. With two turning wheels on both ends of the cylinder, the user can scroll through information on the touch screen. When a user zooms in on an interesting piece of content that they would like to take a closer look at, the screen can be rolled out and function as a tablet view.
The light weight and the cylindrical body make it much easier to hold with one hand than with a traditional tablet. When it is rolled up, it fits in your pocket and can be used as a telephone, voice recorder or pointing device. "We were inspired by the design of old roles because their shape provides a more natural, uninterrupted experience of long visual timelines," said Roel Vertegaal, a professor at the Queen's University in Canada. The scroll wheel of the MagicScroll enables an infinite scroll action to quickly scroll through long lists. "Unfolding the slider is a tangible experience that gives a full screen of the selected item, browsing through photos on your Instagram timeline, messages or LinkedIn contacts in this way," Vertegaal said.
In addition to the innovative flexible display, the prototype also features a camera that allows users to use the rolled-up MagicScroll as a motion-based control device – similar to that of Nintendo & # 39; s & # 39; Wiimote & # 39 ;. The rotating wheels of the device contain robot actuators with which the device can physically move or rotate in different scenarios, for example when it receives a notification. "Ultimately, we hope to design the device so that it can even roll into something as small as a pen that you could carry in your breast pocket," Vertegaal said.
"More generally, the MagicScroll project also allows us to further investigate the notions that screens do not have to be flat, and" everything can become a screen, "he said.
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