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A Samsung foldable phone – could the future of technology happen next year?

Would you like a Samsung foldable phone? It doesn’t matter what you want, because it appears that the manufacturer is already developing this project as we speak. This means that soon – maybe even sooner than we expect – we could use phones that fold in the middle, just like notebooks. This new touchscreen smartphone would have a foldable plastic display and it all aligns with the company’s claims at a functional foldable device in 2016.

 

Samsung bendable phone

 

 

The first Samsung foldable phone could release as early as January 2016, sources say. A SamMobile report suggests that such a device is already being tested in China under the code-name Project Valley. There are two devices being worked on at the moment, one running on a Snapdragon 620 and one running on a Snapdragon 820 processor with 3 GB of Ram and a microSD slot.

 

Reports also suggest that this is in fact a test for the Snapdragon 820. Some say that this processor will be used in the Galaxy S7 launching sometime next year, despite a public opinion that Samsung will use its own Exynos processor in the manufacture of future devices.

 

The Samsung foldable phone has been teased for a while now via world conferences and bendable screen technology displays. The most notable presentation is the Youm flexible OLED displays made of thin plastic that allow the display to bend in extreme ways without shattering.

 

It is still rather early to firmly say that Samsung will release such a concept phone this early but many enthusiasts hope this will become reality as soon as next year. For now we will have to keep an eye on concept demos and technology teasers to keep our interest up.

 

Source: Popsci

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[Update: the drop test was a joke] Project Ara trouble ahead: magnets that connect the modules fail the drop test

UPDATE: It appears that the drop test tweet from Ara’s social media manager was a joke, because yesterday’s tweet sorted everything out. It seems that Project Ara is working on a signature way of keeping the modules together in their smartphone, but they will not reveal just what this innovative not-magnet is.

 

Project Ara got back to us today after last week’s announcement, and things do not seem to go that well for Google’s futuristic pet project. Speculation runs wild as more and more negatives seem to loom over Ara. A few days ago the projected test run for Puerto Rico was canceled and now it seems that some technical aspects are keeping the project in check.

 

Project Ara

 

 

It appears that the electromagnets that were intended to keep the hardware modules in place did not pass the drop tests. The tweet prom Project Ara is pretty short and leaves room to much speculation. There are no details given in what concerns how the magnets fail, but we can assume that the drop tests are creating powerful impacts that destroy the modules after ejecting them from the device.

 

https://twitter.com/ProjectAra/status/634035306153443329

 

 

These electro-permanent magnets do not require power to remain magnetized because they can be switched on and off electrically. This could be a great solution, especially for a modular phone, but it seems that the connection does not last or is not strong enough to keep the module in one piece.

 

Google will have to find different “glue” for the Project Ara module pieces to come together. Some duct tape maybe? Or bobby pins? The safe bet is a click-on system to keep everything tucked in properly.

 

Source: Twitter

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Google applies patent for micro cameras inside contact lenses

Google recently patented a revolutionary application in the form of a micro camera embedded in contact lenses. Google will also use smart contact lenses that use blink processing and improve them with this new camera component that may change everything for the blind and eye-vision deficient.

Nexus patent, source Patent bolt
Nexus patent, source Patent bolt

With this patent the Internet flamed up as this technology – if implemented – could mean taking photos literally at the blink of an eye, which means no one would even know or get a heads up on it!

This micro camera could replace glasses or binoculars, offering people zoom and farther focus and they could improve eyesight. The system may be able to announce the blind when they have an obstacle in the way or when they meet someone. The contact lenses system could even support more cameras or sensors to detect pressure and temperature for example.

The entire project is just a patent applied for by Google, which means that if it does come true, it will require many more years before it becomes commercially viable.

Google patent, source Patent Bolt
Google patent, source Patent Bolt