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Researchers Unveil Phone That Morphs Like a Rubix Cube

Device interactivity isn't just about touchscreens anymore. You can order pizza with a few taps of an app, and in the case of a prototype phone announced today by British and American researchers, you could then transform your phone into a console for a quick gaming session while you wait for the delivery guy.

That's right, a team made up of researchers from Purdue and three English universities may have just developed the world's first Rubix Cube smartphone. Dubbed "Cubimorph," the device has OLED touchscreens on each of its six faces and uses a hinge-mounted turntable mechanism to self-reconfigure in the user's hand.

Like a Rubix Cube, its faces are permanently connected so you can't lose one. The reconfiguration process is automatic thanks to the motorized turntables, which receive instructions from a computer running algorithms to determine how best to configure the faces based on what the user wants to do.