Science Friday: Shape-Shifting Touch Screens Can Morph on Demand | The Answer *is* 42

Imagine if when you launched a gaming app on your smartphone, the device could automatically morph into the shape of a console. Then, if you received a text message and needed to respond, it could transform itself back into a phone.

Researchers at the University of Bristol, in the United Kingdom, have designed a device that could one day do just that. It’s called Cubimorph, and it’s a small, modular device that can change into different shapes, depending on the desired function or even who is holding it. Its designers say the technology could pave the way to more adaptable handheld gadgets.

The project was recently presented at the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society’s largest conference, the International Conference on Robotics and Automation, which was held May 16-21 in Stockholm, Sweden.


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The joke about the ultimate answer to everything, in The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is 42. It might be a random number, or there might really be some thought behind it, but if you want to skip watching through the video below, the real answer to the question of ‘how long does it take to fall through the Earth’?

Is 42 minutes


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