Now that we’ve buried the rotting corpse of autostereoscopic 3D and decided that we don’t much care for Near Field Communication (in the UK, at least), next to audition for Next Big Thing are wearable and flexible tech – the two potentially going hand in hand quite nicely.
South Korean manufacturers Samsung and LG in particular seem utterly convinced that flexible tech is the way forward (that's the spanking new LG Flex above), and we’re told that next year’s LG Flex 2 will possibly bend to form a right angle.
Both Samsung and LG are making all sorts of trade show promises about flexible tech, and have been for years.
To date, all we have to show is the Samsung Galaxy Round and LG Flex, which bend around the vertical and horizontal axes respectively. Hmm.
Word from out east (ZDNet, specifically) suggests the LG Flex 2 will land sometime in the second half of space year 2014AD, and with it the ability to bend the phone up to 90 degrees.
It’s the bendable chassis in particular that’s referenced, and if the entire LG Flex 2 does indeed intend to bend (hey, that rhymes!) up to 90 degrees, that means flexible battery, flexible display, etc.
Maybe it’s not too far-fetched, considering Samsung is reportedly planning fully foldable devices for 2015.