Reading foldable tea leaves
It’s easy to look at foldable displays and dismiss them as a novelty. I was at Mobile World Congress the year phones with 3D displays were the big story, and they’d all been forgotten within months. Aren’t phones that unfold into tablets the same kind of thing – totally unnecessary and not requested by anyone?
Anything that breaks the monotony of phones that are just black slabs of glass sounds good to me. It’s encouraging that manufacturers are trying new things.
Beyond that, how else might foldable displays be useful? Could they wrap around the books of the future and display up-to-date contextual information about the book’s subject, or even just an animated cover to attract the eye?
Could they become foldable interactive notepads for healthcare professionals – more malleable and (literally) flexible than a tablet computer?
Who knows what this tech could be used for, but don’t write it off just because you can’t immediately see a use for a foldable smartphone. There’s at least a little more potential here than there was in 3D displays.