OLED screens are the latest thing in television technology, thin and flexible enough to roll up like a poster and technically advanced enough to deliver vibrant daylight colors and deep midnight blacks.
They're also indicative of a larger trend: embracing tech (new and otherwise) that's anything but stiff.
Paper-thin cell phone curls up when you get a call
We've heard of curling up with a good book, but this is ridiculous! Ridiculously cool, that is. Researchers at Queen's University in Canada have created a phone prototype that does ab crunches when you get a call. So at least one of you is getting some exercise.
Smart phones may have been the coffin nail for swivel phones like this Nokia Twist or that O.G. hipster choice, the T-Mobile Sidekick, but that doesn't make us appreciate their place in history any less.
Now that we're all equipped with do-it-all smart phones, few people want to go back to 2007 -- or do they? Consider: This retro-cool phone is still selling on Amazon.
Microsoft totally rocks the boring-but-functional, as its new Universal Foldable Keyboard demonstrates. This slim Bluetooth plays nice with iOS, Android and Windows devices, and switches off when it's folded closed. Nothing fancy, but curiously exciting in its own plodding way. Yes, the future will also be like this.
A piece of paper that folds up and fits in your pocket is an appealing metaphor for a phone. And in a working prototype being explored at Queen's University in Canada, the concept is stacking up nicely.
This PaperFold phone's context-dependent folding system means each sheet can function as a solo screen, or they can team up to work together on larger images or functions. Shapeshifters: We must have them!
Phones that can be curled into bracelet watches are still a ways down the technology superhighway, but Samsung is flexing its phone muscles now, promising that bendable OLED display phones could hit the market as soon as 2016.
Not all twisty tech needs to be lofty -- and the Pivot Power Genius is a prime example, perfectly grounded in more than one sense.
Undulating like a power-strip python, it squeezes in wherever it's needed. Plus, this stylin' surge protector is app-controlled, so you can switch off lights and all your other bendy gizmos remotely if you like. Totally plug and play.