A Chinese startup company has designed a flexible smartphone that can be worn as a wristband.
Moxi Group, the company based in Chongqing,China, plans to release the product for purchase by the end of this year. The smartphone is made of a flexible material known as graphene, the thinnest material in the world ("moxi" is short for graphene in Chinese) and allows the user to bend and twist the entire product without the product losing its functionality. This is quite a feat, not necessarily because of the bendable touchscreen, but more so because of everything underneath the surface.
Phil Inagaki, founder and CEO of Polyera, one of the companies responsible for bringing this smartphone to life, says:
It's all those layers of different materials, and some of the hardest materials are the electronically active materials to make bend.
There's one minor setback, though: the screen interface is currently only available in black and white.
Moxi plans on releasing the black and white model of their phone, which uses black and white e-paper technology, by next year, with a color model set for release in 2018.
Polyera aims at making wearable technology more accessible to regular consumers, starting with the Woveband, the name the company gave to their black and white wearable smartphone.
Though they may not be a major company yet, price wise, Polyera is coming out on top. With the price tag they've given their Woveband: 5,000 yuan (the equivalent of $760) compared to Apple's cheapest iPhone 6s which retails at 5,288 yuan ($806) in China, the wearable black and white Woveband comes out as the cheaper buy.
Other tech giants such as LG, Apple, and Samsung have been trying to develop bendable, flexible technology themselves, with Apple receiving a patent for a "flexible electronic device" last year, but the real challenge is deciding if there really is a market right now for flexible, wearable tech.
See the full interview with Polyera's CEO here.
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