With Samsung and LG set to release their own versions of this tech soon, Royole Corporation (formed in 2012 by Stanford University graduates) has just released the Flexpai – the world’s first folding smartphone.
Never mind the 16MP wide angle and 20MP telephoto cameras. Discount the not-even-officially-announced-yet Qualcomm Snapdragon 8150 processor. Forget that it runs Water OS on top of Android Pie.
Instead, feast your eyes on the 19.8cm flexi-screen that folds in half and picture yourself stuffing that fat, glowing wallet into your inside pocket with a half chewed Refresher wedged in the middle of it.
The EBS250 – a rather nifty hand-held inkjet printer from US company EBS Inkjet Systems that can print multicoloured text, images, and barcodes onto metal, plastic, textiles, concrete, wood, cardboard, and more.
But consider the, ahem, non-commercial applications.
A brief taste of an experimental open-world environment called ‘Emergence’, currently under construction by UK design studio Universal Everything.
In this bizarre, mesmeric and unnerving space, a glowing yellow character controlled by the user is surrounded by swarms of anonymous people who react to the character’s movement. To wit:
…the primal feeling of maintaining your individual identity whilst being part of a crowd. As you immerse yourself in a crowd of thousands, shafts of light beckon you closer. As you touch the light, the environment – its atmosphere, its gravity and the choreography of the crowd – transform in powerful ways, continually challenging your perception.