If you're one of those wireless users who likes small handsets but detest small displays, you'll like this: a cellular device with a rollable display.
Polymer Vision and the mobile arm of Telecom Italia are collaborating to develop and launch the world's first mobile device with a rollable display, which will be able to receive all types of information, including maps, newspapers and even electronic books.
The companies will show a prototype at the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona next week and plan a commercial launch later this year.
The product follows up on a rollable-display concept device presented by Polymer Vision 18 months ago at the IFA Consumer Electronics Trade Fair in Berlin.
The rollable polymer-display technology enables mobile devices to incorporate a display that is larger than the device itself.
Although the new device is similar in size to a typical cellphone, it has a display that extends up to 127mm and may be stored away after use by folding it. The display has 16 grey levels combined with high contrast and high reflectivity for a paper-like reading experience, even in bright sunlight. Planned future developments include colour and the ability to display moving images.
The device will have a minimum of 4GB of storage,