This Week a Folding Smartphone and Bricks Made From Urine Were Unveiled

November 11, 2018

This week on Dezeen a prototype smartphone that unfolds into a tablet was revealed by Samsung, and researchers debuted bio-bricks made with urine.

Samsung announced the Infinity Flex, a phone that folds out to become a wider touch screen, at a conference in San Francisco.

The foldable Android phone flips open at the side like a book to become a tablet. Commentators said the new development could bring the “wow factor” back to technology.

Cape Town university researcher Suzanne Lambert has created a building material made from human urine, sand and bacteria. The bricks harden at room temperature, in a chemical reaction similar to the way seashells are formed.

Lambert said she hopes her microbial carbonate precipitation method could be a sustainable alternative to traditional bricks, which have to be fired at temperatures of 1,000 degrees Celsius.

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