Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 20th Nov 2013 12:45 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

Remember the curved phone from LG, the LG G Flex? There's actually truth to its name. Not only does the back cover 'heal' from scratches, the phone itself is actually, honest-to-god flexible. It bends without breaking or damaging the phone. So yes, this device may look silly - but the future is peeking into the present here. Quite amazing.

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the future?
by biffuz on Wed 20th Nov 2013 13:56 UTC
biffuz
Member since:
2006-03-27

the future is peeking into the present here


So, this is the future? Pfft. I want robotic homemakers, space cruisers, flying cars! That was the future that was promised us in the '80s.. Who cares about scratches when, after a day of work, one has to drive for 2 hours in a giant traffic jam only to find out he needs a shirt ironed?

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RE: the future?
by lucas_maximus on Wed 20th Nov 2013 15:14 UTC in reply to "the future?"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

The future we were promised in the 80s, was dystopian ... we either had robotic Arnolds after us, live televised gladiatorial events, corporations were running the world and while people's brains into robotic cop suits.

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RE[2]: the future?
by MOS6510 on Wed 20th Nov 2013 16:18 UTC in reply to "RE: the future?"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

A lot of brains have gone missing, but they didn't turn up in robotic cops sadly.

ED-209 was much cooler anyway.

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RE[3]: the future?
by Jondice on Wed 20th Nov 2013 16:50 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: the future?"
Jondice Member since:
2006-09-20

I have to agree about ED-209.

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RE[4]: the future?
by Kochise on Wed 20th Nov 2013 16:58 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: the future?"
Kochise Member since:
2006-03-03

But stairways (to heaven) are its fate...

Kochise

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RE[2]: the future?
by Soulbender on Wed 20th Nov 2013 16:57 UTC in reply to "RE: the future?"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

So except for the robotic Arnold the future is now?

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RE[3]: the future?
by ilovebeer on Wed 20th Nov 2013 17:34 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: the future?"
ilovebeer Member since:
2011-08-08

The future will never come because everything cool that gets invented/discovered, gets absorbed by companies who would rather keep us dependent & selling us outdated crap.

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RE[2]: the future?
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Wed 20th Nov 2013 22:13 UTC in reply to "RE: the future?"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Well, they were action/thriller movies. There wouldn't be much need for action or thrills in a perfect world with awesome robotic penguin butlers.

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RE[3]: the future?
by lucas_maximus on Thu 21st Nov 2013 09:42 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: the future?"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

But that future isn't interesting.

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RE[4]: the future?
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Thu 21st Nov 2013 16:29 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: the future?"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

It would be interesting to live, but not necessarily to watch.

Although, Back to the Future 2's future was pretty good with flying cars and everything.

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RE[2]: the future?
by leech on Thu 21st Nov 2013 12:32 UTC in reply to "RE: the future?"
leech Member since:
2006-01-10

The future we were promised in the 80s, was dystopian ... we either had robotic Arnolds after us, live televised gladiatorial events, corporations were running the world and while people's brains into robotic cop suits.


At least they got that right.

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RE[3]: the future?
by lucas_maximus on Thu 21st Nov 2013 15:26 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: the future?"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Watch the Running Man, the show itself looks a lot like the X-factor .... 2 out of 3 ...

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RE[3]: the future?
by r_a_trip on Fri 22nd Nov 2013 08:43 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: the future?"
r_a_trip Member since:
2005-07-06

robotic Arnolds after us

Well, we don't have T-1000's, but I'd say the more economical killer drone does the job just as well.

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RE: the future?
by fretinator on Wed 20th Nov 2013 17:23 UTC in reply to "the future?"
fretinator Member since:
2005-07-06

So...you want cheese with that whine?

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RE: the future?
by hussam on Wed 20th Nov 2013 17:58 UTC in reply to "the future?"
hussam Member since:
2006-08-17


So, this is the future? Pfft. I want robotic homemakers, space cruisers, flying cars! That was the future that was promised us in the '80s.. Who cares about scratches when, after a day of work, one has to drive for 2 hours in a giant traffic jam only to find out he needs a shirt ironed?



In the future, your shirt will iron itself! \o/

Edited 2013-11-20 17:59 UTC

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RE[2]: the future?
by Alfman on Wed 20th Nov 2013 20:14 UTC in reply to "RE: the future?"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

In the future there is no physical need for shirts as our environment will irradiate us with comfortably focused heat rays wherever we go. Only modest and technophobic holdouts will be seen wearing such relics.

For self-identity, we'll all have programmable tattoo ink embedded within our skin that can change our appearance at will and even react to touch, eliminating the need for carrying devices, which is good since we won't have pockets ;)

Edited 2013-11-20 20:16 UTC

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RE: the future?
by oiaohm on Thu 21st Nov 2013 01:30 UTC in reply to "the future?"
oiaohm Member since:
2009-05-30

"the future is peeking into the present here


So, this is the future? Pfft. I want robotic homemakers, space cruisers, flying cars! That was the future that was promised us in the '80s.. Who cares about scratches when, after a day of work, one has to drive for 2 hours in a giant traffic jam only to find out he needs a shirt ironed?
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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2316679/The-shirt-we...

biffuz You need to iron shirts?? Really that funny one. Took long enough we are now seeing natural min washing and iron free shirts on the market. There have been iron free shirts for a long time in pure synthetics recent years closer to natural materials. The scary idea is 100 days between washing. I don't want to consider the disease load that could be on some of these future shirts.

biffuz what I am missing is iron free cargo style pants.

Yes my shirts are up in the 100 dollar USD range. I have iron free dress pants as well. So for me its mostly washing, drying, hanging and folding. Ironing is not part of my life except on the odd times I go fancy.

biffuz a self driving car would be useful. So in traffic jams I could be working on other things.

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RE[2]: the future?
by Alfman on Thu 21st Nov 2013 04:03 UTC in reply to "RE: the future?"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

oiaohm,

"biffuz a self driving car would be useful. So in traffic jams I could be working on other things."

In the future it would probably be nerve-racking (for someone from the present) to watch AI cars operate at precise margins that would be considered reckless for humans. Ironically the fact that AI cars would need to share the roads with human drivers today makes the AI problem more difficult.

Self driving cars would likely eliminate most causes of accidents (human error). Assuming AI cars didn't have to share the roads, even bumper to bumper traffic at high speeds could be safe. Not only would it potentially double or triple the capacity of existing roadways (increasing traffic bandwidth), but it would increase fuel efficiencies caused by wind drag and eliminating systematic speed oscillations that are common with human drivers who have difficulty pacing themselves according to traffic.

At the extreme end, theoretically it's possible to have stop-less intersections where AI cars are spaced out such that they can weave through each other while maintaining speed, again increasing efficiencies. Although at this point you need very high confidence in a car's reliability for it to be safe.

A failing car could broadcast a danger beacon to alert other cars about it's condition. A further protection might be to have other cars recognize erratic behavior and/or beacon-less cars and broadcast a 2nd party fault beacon so others are aware of it too. The AI cars could share data with their obstructed peers to increase sensory range & reaction times.

Edited 2013-11-21 04:05 UTC

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RE[3]: the future?
by leech on Thu 21st Nov 2013 12:35 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: the future?"
leech Member since:
2006-01-10

Personally I'd have to hack my car's AI so that sometimes it'd agree with not wanting to take me to work, then we could go on an adventure together.

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I don't get it
by leos on Thu 21st Nov 2013 05:21 UTC
leos
Member since:
2005-09-21

Yes this is a cool trick and a very cool feat of engineering. But what's the real world advantage of a flexible phone? I can't think of anything. Perhaps it is more robust to falls by absorbing some of the energy? They should do some drop tests on that.

Edited 2013-11-21 05:21 UTC

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RE: I don't get it
by MOS6510 on Thu 21st Nov 2013 06:57 UTC in reply to "I don't get it"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

I'm guessing the healing and flexibility properties are linked.

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RE: I don't get it
by FreeGamer on Thu 21st Nov 2013 12:07 UTC in reply to "I don't get it"
FreeGamer Member since:
2007-04-13

Phones get dropped, sat on, banged about. I've seen plenty of cracked screens and damaged cases. Usually a phone after a year or 2 looks like it has been in a war. I often accidentally put my phone in the same pocket as my keys.

Actually as phones have gotten bigger screens and more showy, people do seem to take better care of them, but still - robustness is not to be frowned upon. There are a lot of people who'll see that their clumsy habits won't result in damage.

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Comment by ilovebeer
by ilovebeer on Thu 21st Nov 2013 21:28 UTC
ilovebeer
Member since:
2011-08-08

Am I the only one who isn't amazed by a slightly bendable cellphone? The "self-healing" coating is a nice addition, I guess, although the technology itself isn't anything new.

I guess I expect better gimmicks for/in/on a cellphone at this point.

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