In a South Korean lab, scientists have just developed something you can’t currently do with a computer.
Bend and fold it. Just like a paperback book.
But, as this concept video demonstrates, companies like Samsung are preparing for a new generation of flexible memory technology – technology that Lee Keon-Jae, of the Advanced Institute of Science, says has finally been proven to work.
“If these flexible technologies are realized in our real life, the impact would be much bigger than what we expect such as a freely bendable and attachable computer can be possible.”
That could, one day, mean computers you can wear.
The major problem in creating bendable computers has been how to create flexible memory chips.
In the past, electrical interference from the memory cells disrupted the computer systems. But scientists at the KAIST Lab say they have found a solution by developing a silicon transistor and other components that will not be disrupted by a flexible platform.
The result could lead to life-changing applications.
“Flexible consumer electronics, such as computer, display, smartphone attached to the wrist, can be an interesting application field. In addition, implantable-biomedical devices conformably placed on the heart, corrugated brain or organs, or rolled upon blood vessels for diagnosing or even treating disease is exciting and new field area that can improve the quality of human life.”
Lee says this isn’t too futuristic. He believes the computer industry is on the verge of a truly flexible future.