As more and more smartphones are just becoming rectangles of screen, the race is on to find something new and strange and to convince you that it’s good and that you want it. Foldable phones? They are on the way. But what about a cylinder? Sure! Why not!
The MagicScroll was developed by researchers at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada and is pretty impressive from an engineering standpoint. Not just a cylindrical touchscreen device, the MagicScroll can unfurl into a 7.5-inch OLED display that, while a little flimsy when you poke at it, is still fully functional. This, combined with physical dials on either end that can be used to scroll the device while in cylinder mode makes for a device that, while nowhere near practice, is certainly unique.
The MagicScroll is (obviously) just a prototype, with its screen, cobbled together from two smaller LG G Flex 2 displays and likely no actual future in real production, given how it doesn’t appear to do anything useful particularly well, at least not in this form. Taken a bit further, you can almost imagine how a device like this could be practical if it unrolled into a rigid form and could be rolled up into something closer to the size of a pen than a roll of toilet paper, but we’re clearly pretty far off from that level of engineering. So for the meantime, please enjoy your glowing rectangles.
Originally posted on Popular Mechanics