2 June 2016
A smartphone that can bend all the way around your wrist is about to be unveiled by Moxi Group, a Chinese startup tech company.
According to the company, though the phone will function like any smartphone, it features a flexible touchscreen that will still work when looped and worn like a bracelet or wrist watch.
The company says that it has already produced a prototype of the phone and plans to put 100,000 units on sale in China by the end of this year.
This is a new innovation in the world of technology as it is in the history of smartphones as no phone that can be fully bent has ever been made.
When the phones are initially released, they will not have color displays – only white and black displays.
However, the company aims to tackle this technical challenge by 2018 and release versions of the phone with color display.
The phones are expected to sell for around 5,000 yuan ($760) each in China.
According to Nicole Peng, an analyst at the tech research firm, Canalys, giant tech companies like Samsung and LG have also been working on flexible touchscreens using grapheme.
Apple on the other hand last year, received a patent for a flexible electronic device.
The challenge for companies is to figure out if it makes “commercial sense to build this product for the mass market,” Peng said.
Wearable technology generally doesn’t yet have the full capability of a regular smartphone, she said, and customers are going to want a device with greater computing power and lots of functions.