Japanese technology company Kyocera is working on a smartphone that can be wrapped around the user’s wrist like a bracelet. The company unveiled a prototype of the Kyocera Proteus (named after the shape-shifting sea god) at the CEATEC tech show which when bent takes the shape of a bracelet. Also Read - Kyocera’s KY-O1L is a credit card-sized mobile phone that weighs just 47 grams
When we hear about flexible displays, the first names that pop-out in our head is Samsung and LG. The companies have made curved TVs and smartphones. Kyocera, which until now has been known for rugged and unbending smartphones, wants to share that podium as well. Also Read - Only in Japan: Smartphones you can wash with water and soap
The Kyocera Proteus take three forms. One is obviously the flat smartphone shape, the other is the bracelet-like shape, which can be fastened around a wrist. The third is what the company calls “clip style”. It is an extension of the second, where the Proteus can be wrapped around circular bars, like bicycle handle bar. Inside the device is an array of sensors, including biometric sensors for monitoring heart rate and other physical activities. A bendable smartphone would of course be less prone to several damages including cracking of the screen. The phone could also be a great smartwatch, as it can be wrapped around the wrist, and features all of the smartphone’s functionalities.
Of course, everything is in the development phase right now as Proteus isn’t a finished product. The company would want to get a lot of things right before it starts selling the device. It will be interesting what battery module the company employs on the phone, as most batteries aren’t known to support elasticity. Kyocera could also use piezoelectric elements that capitalize on the physical actions the device to charge the battery. The company is also interested in tactile haptic feedback for better use of the display.