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This New Hyper-Flexible Touchscreen Means Your Next Phone Could Bend and Stretch

• sciencealert.com by PETER DOCKRILL

Nobody likes shattering their phone display and having to operate the device by running fingers over shards of jagged glass, but a new, malleable touch sensor could enable a lot more than just unbreakable screens.

Canadian researchers have invented a soft and flexible touch-sensitive material that could see you folding or rolling up your smartphone or tablet when you're not using it, or let us wear adaptive health sensors that conform to our bodies like an artificial skin.

"It's the first transparent touch sensor that is still able to detect a touch while being actively deformed," engineer Mirza Saquib Sarwar from the University of British Columbia told CBC News.

Malleable displays have been a focus of intense scientific interest for years, with researchers looking to make smartphones that can bend, touchscreens that can can flex, and even TVs that can be rolled up like a newspaper.

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