Squeezable smartphones

Staff writer
20 Dec 2010

Smartphones of the future will not only be psychic, but also squeezable.

Researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle, have developed a cellphone called SqueezeBlock that uses tiny motors built into the casing to mimic the behavior of a spring, reports New Scientist.

Pressure plates on the device detect how much force is being applied to the casing, while the motors control the amount of resistance exerted in response. The motors can be adjusted to make the phone less or more squishable.

Possible application: the phone feels hard when fully charged, but can be squished when it’s almost out of power.

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