Shape-Changing Smartphone Morphs When Called

Researchers from the Human Media Lab at Canada's Queen's University have developed a new smartphone, called MorePhone, that can change its shape to give users a silent but visual cue of an incoming phone call, text message, or email. The phone is made of a thin, flexible electrophoretic display. Shape memory alloy wires are sandwiched underneath the display, and contract when the phone notifies the user. This allows the phone to either curl either its entire body, or up to three individual corners. Each corner can be tailored to convey a particular message - users can set one corner to bend when receiving a text message, and another when receiving an email.