A California start-up beat Microsoft and Samsung to the foldable tablet/phone

You’re not looking at the Microsoft Andromeda, or the flexible phone Samsung has been rumoredly working on, or Logitech’s flexible phone. You’re looking at the Flexpai, a flexible phone/tablet from California-based Royole. The most interesting thing about the Flexpai is that it isn’t a proof-of-concept. The tablet/phone is literally available for pre-order.

The Flexpai comes with a foldable body and a display that sits on the outside when folded (rather than Microsoft’s Andromeda, where the screen folds inwards). What this means is that the Flexpai goes from single-screen mode to a dual-screen format when folded, with the spine acting as a notification area. You can run simultaneous apps on both screens, with touch working on literally both sides of the display, courtesy Flexpai’s WaterOS.

The screen comes as a large 4:3 7.8-inch display that folds to two 18:9 screens when divided in half. There’s also a 21:6 edge-screen for important notifications like incoming calls. The screen is designed to fold as much as 20,000 times without any damage (which should cover as much as 3 years of use if you fold and unfold the phone 20 times a day, every day). You’ve also got dual-cameras and fast-charging built in too, so there’s no cutting corners with the Flexpai, except maybe for the massive bezel on its one side.

The Flexpai is currently available only in China and costs roughly around $1,571 for the 128GB variant, which seems a little on the expensive side, but that’s the price you pay to be an early adopter of some very revolutionary tech. My advice? Hold off on it till the flexible display market becomes a little larger and more democratized. If you look at the GIF below of a hands-on, you’ll notice that the screen tends to warp a little bit around the spine, and that the transition from single to dual-screen is a little choppy. It’s still extremely impressive though, especially considering big players like Samsung and Microsoft are still trying to perfect the technology!

Designer: Royole


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Dell’s 49-inch ultra-wide monitor is built for extreme multitasking

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The world’s next breakthrough product may just come from Microsoft

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Keeping secrets in the tech biz is growing increasingly difficult. With new products being leaked (even sold!) days or months before releases, oftentimes an avid consumer knows pretty much all there is to know about a product well before their launch. Something of a similar nature happened with Microsoft’s keynote last week… except they never launched the product.

Project Andromeda, as it’s codenamed, is one of Microsoft’s best-kept secrets, and is all set to revolutionize our smart-devices as well as put Microsoft back in the limelight as an innovator. Rumor has it that the device was supposed to launch at this year’s keynote, but wasn’t completely ready for a public reveal. A little digging around at the patent office, however, brought to attention some diagrams that gives us a rough idea of what exactly this Project Andromeda is about. The product, as per the patent diagram and the renders created to support it, explores a one-of-a-kind dual display device that folds down to a pocket-worthy size, and when opened, creates a large squarish screen.

Designed to cater to the people who want big screens as well as the people who want small phones, Project Andromeda is quite literally the best of both worlds. Rather than killing bezels to make phone displays marginally bigger, the Project Andromeda finds a workaround by adding two screens on a clamshell device that fold inwards at the hinge, so you don’t get a bezel at the edge where the two screens meet. How Microsoft intends on pulling this off (even from a marketing standpoint), and whether a square shaped device is something a consumer would want is quite frankly still unknown, but let’s see what the future holds for us! Can I say that I’m just happy that this thing doesn’t have a notch?

Designer: Microsoft

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Samsung ships its curved QLED monitor with Thunderbolt 3

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The Looking Glass makes sci-fi movie-style holograms a reality

The disclaimer at the very beginning of the video should be indication enough that the things you are about to see will blow your minds away. After decades of watching 3D holographic projections in movies like the Star Wars franchise, a Kickstarter project is bringing the promise of three-dimensional virtual imagery to life. No VR/AR headsets, no 3D glasses, no gimmicks, the Looking Glass display can actually showcase visual content in 3D, to the naked eye. Not only does the content being displayed on the screen have a z-axis, showing depth, it also responds to parallax, meaning that depending on where you’re viewing the display from, you see a different angle of the 3D file.

The Looking Glass pulls this fest off using its proprietary lenticular display that combines 45 angles of any given 3D model into one, allowing you to look at the model’s front, sides, top, and bottom. While the display is a thick chunk of glass, the results are far ahead of other conventional 3D displays. The thick lenticular screen comes in two sizes, and requires a laptop or desktop to power it. Using an HDMI cable to transfer data and a USB-C cable for power, the Looking Glass supports OBJ, FBX, STL, and gLTF formats, while working with softwares like Maya, Zbrush, Blender, Tinkercad, and Solidworks to provide live viewing of 3D files.

Currently, the Looking Glass is positioned to revolutionize any profession relying on CAD modeling, be it architecture, industrial design, or even game design. The display also offers the ability to connect to a Nintendo Switch joycon or a Leap Controller, allowing you to even interact with your models in a way that’s unprecedented. Having just completed crowdfunding on Kickstarter, the Looking Glass is estimated to deliver as soon as September 2018. If it does go mainstream, we may just skip the entire VR headset phase of 3D modeling!

Designer: Shawn Frayne

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A smartwatch with three displays sort of makes sense

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The smartwatch has a tonne of purposes, but ultimately, it has one (or maximum two) core functions. The fact that it replaces the watch means a smartwatch’s first purpose is to tell the time. The second extended function is a fitness tracker, because that’s a promise smartwatches always make, i.e., to replace a fitness-tracking wearable.

For that express purpose, the EveRest smartwatch has not one, not two, but three screens. With two dedicated Flexible Numeric Displays for time/date and for the heart-rate monitor, the EveRest is one of the only wearables that allows you to multi-task. These displays can run 24×7 while consuming extremely low amounts of power. The primary screen then gets reserved for regular day-to-day activities like calling, messaging, browsing, and music playback, while the two secondary screens serve their core purposes, giving you a clear view of the time, the date, and your health. Makes sense, doesn’t it??

Designer: Chanmi Lee

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The Hubble Phone is the most outrageous phone you can buy

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There’s a lot to love about the Hubble Phone by Turing Space Industries. It emulates the strangely beautiful clamshell format first seen in Nokia’s N93 phone, allowing you to not only flip but swivel your phone’s screen, as the camera sat on the hinge, turning your phone into a camcorder of sorts… a format that was a novelty and quite a success back in 2006. Not only does the Hubble Phone experiment with that format, it’s also almost 100% screen… ON BOTH SIDES. Running all around the front and the back on both components is a display unit that looks pretty stellar in the renders and the video, although we could do without the notch. (No, really, we could do without it.)

In order to achieve this stunning all-screen arrangement, Turing pushes all the peripherals to the side. Along with the camera (which boasts of 15x zoom), you’ve got a volume dial (yes, a rotating one), a power button, camera shutter button, sim card slot, and a USB Type-C charging port. The phone is said to run two Snapdragon 855 chipsets, be AR and VR compatible, and come with a hefty price tag of $2,750… but honestly, with a phone that’s so mesmerizingly beautiful, I bet people would pay that price.

Designer: Turing Space Industries

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Samsung’s ‘unbreakable’ display survives UL scrutiny

Phone makers have promised unbreakable phone screens for years, but they tend to involve awkward compromises like soft, scratchable surfaces. Samsung Display might just fulfill that promise, though. Underwriters Laboratories has certified an "unbre...