Flexible Mobile Device Transforms from Tablet to Game Controller

Researchers from Belgium's Hasselt University have investigated how the compact mechanisms used in the construction of 3D puzzles could be used to build a device flexible enough to be transformed from a compact phone to a tablet or game controller. Their device, called Paddle, currently uses an optical tracking system with a projector for visual output. Although this impedes the mobility of Paddle, the researchers envision that advances in flexible electronics within the next five to ten years will make it possible to manufacture versions that are entirely self-contained using tiny integrated displays.