In Brief

Flexible form technology lets users shape their devices to fit momentary needs.

A traditional Rubik’s Cube might drive you into a fits of frustration, but if that design principle was applied to cell phones in order to make them multi-functional, it might be more appealing. Created by researchers at Hasselt University iMinds in Belgium, a device called “Paddle” consists of eight square tiles that can be manipulated into a variety of shapes and sizes depending on what you need to use it for.

“At the moment our Paddle prototype supports around 15 different shapes but this number increases every day as we are including more and more shapes of the original Rubik’s Magic puzzle,” says Raf Ramakers, a PhD Student in Human Computer Interaction at the University, in an interview with FastCoDesign.

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