THREE’S COM­PANY

Forbes - - TECHNOLOGY -

You of­ten have to mul­ti­task. Why shouldn’t your phone? Re­searchers at Dart­mouth and two Cana­dian schools—the Uni­ver­si­ties of Wa­ter­loo and Cal­gary—have built a new three-in-one smart­phone, with a trio of screens nes­tled into a sin­gle, 3-D-printed case. The pri­mary phone, with the largest dis­play, can mon­i­tor, con­trol app ac­cess and share the screen with two smaller pe­riph­eral hand­sets. Pow­ered by a cus­tom ver­sion of Google’s An­droid op­er­at­ing sys­tem, the unit is de­signed so a par­ent can, say, check work email while the kids watch YouTube and mine Bit­coin. The early ver­sion is un­gainly, but the de­vel­op­ers are fi­ness­ing its looks and func­tion­al­ity (for di­ver­sions such as mul­ti­player games). We all dis­like shar­ing our sa­cred de­vices, but this nascent con­trap­tion points one pos­si­ble way to­ward a more com­mu­ni­tar­ian friend­sand-fam­ily smart­phone fu­ture.

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