With recent advances in flexible displays, computer displays are no longer restricted to flat, rigid form factors. In this paper, we propose that the physical form of a flexible display, depending on the way it is held or worn, can help shape its current functionality. We propose Snaplet, a wearable flexible E Ink display augmented with sensors that allow the shape of the display to be detected. Snaplet is a paper computer in the form of a bracelet. When in a convex shape on the wrist, Snaplet functions as a watch and media player. When held flat in the hand it is a PDA with notepad functionality. When held in a concave shape Snaplet functions as a phone. Calls are dropped by returning its shape to a flat or convex shape.

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Keywords Bend gestures, E ink, Flexible displays, Organic user interfaces
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1145/1979742.1979701
Conference 29th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2011
Citation
Tarun, A.P. (Aneesh P.), Burleson, W. (Winslow), Lahey, B. (Byron), Vertegaal, R. (Roel), & Girouard, A. (2011). Snaplet: Using body shape to inform function in mobile flexible display devices. In Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings (pp. 329–334). doi:10.1145/1979742.1979701