2013 will be the year of flexible displays: not only a technological revolution, but also something that will open new unexplored possibilities, thanks to a new creative design freedom. It will be the beginning of a new generation of digital devices with improved usability.
iFlex, the concept of flexPhone created by de Poorter Design studio in Milan, illustrates the future possibilities offered by these new flexible displays. The two sides of the rigid flexPhone aluminum case are connected by the central silicone part with deformable inlay so that the device can assume and maintain any desired angle, supporting new usage patterns. The phone has a magnetic lock for the closed position that protects the display from scratches and bumps. The flexible touchscreen display is surrounded by a nylon frame. Obviously, the same principle can be applied to tablets and laptops as well. The iFlex concept can give birth to the flexApps, a new generation of software applications that have never been possible with rigid displays. Some new usage examples have already been devised, such as a digital makeup tool for women, a bent-over placeholder for conference speakers with the name for the public on one side and the remaining time on the other, and an alarm clock that can be switched off with a touch of the hand on the top.