Researchers create Rubik's dice-like touchscreen show
Whereas modular smartphones like Fairphone or Google’s Challenge Ara are nonetheless works-in-progress, a gaggle of researchers from the College of Bristol’s Interplay Group have designed a slick new reconfigurable type for touchscreen shows. The Cubimorph, as BIG calls it, is a single show constructed out of smaller, six-sided show cubes which might be daisy-chained collectively and could be repositioned not in contrast to a Rubik’s dice with a bit of extra flexibility.
In a case proposed by the analysis workforce, a tool like a flat smartphone could possibly be folded and reconfigured into the form of a recreation controller. Or, in a much less sensible instance, you would merely roll your telephone out into an oblong log with a postage-stamp sized show on one finish. For customers who have been by no means excellent at spatial reasoning or origami, an algorithm will assist decide one of the simplest ways to twist and fold the display into the specified form.
Whereas the system continues to be within the awkward prototype part at this level, the analysis staff will current it to a panel on the Worldwide Convention on Robotics and Automation in Stockholm later this week.