YouTube Viewers Agree: A Bendable Smartphone is NOT the Future

In case you missed it, there is a Canadian research video making the rounds on YouTube that showcases a prototypical Smart “paperphone.” The idea here is that instead of touch-screening or touch-wiping commands to a device, a user can in future tell a phone what to do by bending a corner or side of it:

Since the video was posted May 3, it has garnered more than 1.7 million views. However, YouTube user comments are largely negative, with people dismissing any practical value for bend-commands.

Until Steve Jobs wraps his mind around the iBend, or the bend idea gets applied to a phone only as a method of preventing breakage, they’re probably right. Meanwhile, after the LA Times covered this topic yesterday, a handful of Hollywood-worthy reader comments appeared. In the case of this discussion, it was mostly about where this sort of idea had been articulated before, both in the real world and in sci-fi works.