One Day Your Smartphone’s Case Will Do Far More Than Just Protect It

Even if you’re adamantly against putting a case on your phone, you might make an exception for the FlexCase being developed by the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria and Microsoft.

When opened, it doubles as an extended touchscreen for your device that can also be flexed for unique ways to interact with your phone.

Instead of having to use two-fingered on-screen pinch gestures to zoom in on a map, users could simply bend the corner of the case’s cover forward or back for quicker navigation.

Piezoelectric circuitry inside the cover is able to detect touches, squeezes, swipes, and exactly how it’s being bent or warped.

All of those gestures can also be translated to shortcuts or other alternative ways to interact with an app.