Startup companies and established tech giants alike are working to advance mobile-device technology to include screens that are bendable or can even be rolled up like a yoga mat, CNN Money reports.
In January, Apple filed a patent for what it calls a “flexible electronic device.” The patent states that it could include “a flexible display, a flexible housing and one or more flexible internal components configured to allow the flexible electronic device to be deformed.”
In April, Samsung released key details about its “third curved or bended mobile display,” called the Flexible AMOLED display and described in a Samsung press release as “the most advanced in the mobile industry.” It’s available in Samsung’s Galaxy S6 edge smartphone.
Now a startup company called Polyera is preparing to release a screen that not only bends, but that you also “can twist, bend and roll up like a yoga mat,” CNN reports. The Chicago company has been working on the design for a decade.
The product, called the Wove Band, will be shipped starting in mid-2016, according to Polyera’s website.
The website describes the Wove Band as “the world’s first flexible display product you can wrap around your wrist.”
Polyera’s founder and chief executive, Phil Inagaki, tells CNN:
“The majority of electronic devices we surround ourselves with are what I call ‘rigid bricks.’ And what I thought was that if we could allow these to be softer (and) more flexible, it would allow for all sorts of new experiences and devices to be created.”
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