Researchers at Queen’s University in Canada developed the MorePhone smartphone that can morph its shape to give users a silent yet visual cue of an incoming phone call, text message, or email. With MorePhone, users can leave their smartphone on the table and observe visual shape changes when someone is trying to contact them.

MorePhone is made of a thin, flexible, electrophoretic display manufactured by Plastic Logic. Sandwiched beneath the display are a number of shape memory alloy wires that contract when the phone notifies the user. This allows the phone to either curl its entire body, or up to three individual corners. Each corner can be tailored to convey a particular message; for example, the top right corner of the MorePhone can be set to bend when receiving a text message.

MorePhones could be in the hands of consumers within five to 10 years.

Watch a video of how it works on Tech Briefs TV at www.techbriefs.com/tv/morephone.

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