Smartphone that bends into a smart watch

Last updated 05:00 18/07/2013
Jeabyun Yeon smartphone watch
BEND IT: Jeabyun Yeon's concept for a smartphone that bends into a smart watch.

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This post was originally published on Mashable.

As technology advances, the list of gadgets we own grows longer: laptops, music players, smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, Google Glass - it's endless. Now, with the buzz around smart watches, you may be wondering whether you want yet another gadget to charge, sync and carry around.

Earlier this year, South Korean designer Jeabyun Yeon showcased his concept for a bendable smartphone that could transform into a watch. At 6.1-millimetres thick, the "Limbo" smartphone would be able to flex, so you could mount the 4.3-inch display on your wrist.

Yeon writes that the phone's body could be made out of TPU (a plastic and silicon hybrid) and high-polymer materials. The device would have three hard and two flexible modules.

With a multipurpose smartphone like Limbo, you wouldn't have to compromise with a trimmed-down smart watch that sacrifices full smartphone functionality. The device, however, may end up feeling bulky or looking strange.

Samsung is reportedly working on producing displays that could be made from flexible plastic instead of glass. A recent job listing for a "display specialist" suggests that Apple could also be working on its own flexible screens.

Mashable is the largest independent news source covering digital culture, social media and technology.

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