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Smartphones – It is easy to become fascinated by some of the high tech product concepts seen at exhibitions. The best of these are a blend of highly creative industrial design and technology that is at, or even just a bit beyond, the state of the art. In the world of displays, perhaps the most interesting product concepts put forth during the past few years have embodied wearable and flexible displays. Starting as early as 2009, Kyocera has presented a variety of particularly eye catching product concepts. The most recent of these is a so-called wearable and collapsible smartphone that is code named Proteus.
Kyocera presented the company’s most recent Proteus beta designs at CEATEC, Japan’s largest consumer electronics show. These designs are reported as currently being used for test purposes.
The Proteus phone is not only flexible but ultrathin, lightweight and can be arranged in three distinct physical configurations.
Turning Proteus or any of the Kyocera product concepts into a real device will require the development of several technologies. Some of the issues and potential solutions identified and discussed by Kyocera over the years include:
With the lengthy track record of product concepts, it would appear that Kyocera has a real interest in commercializing at least some of these innovative technologies. – Arthur Berman