Despite only being a company that's barely made it out of the kindergarten age range, Royole has made a ton of noise in that time for a lot of really interesting technology. Since its founding in 2012 by three Stanford engineering grads, the company has taken its flexible sensor and flexible display technology and rolled out some incredibly cool products.
But to the outsider, trying to figure out where Royole was heading as a company has been nearly impossible. First, there was the Moon entertainment headset that incorporated the flexible display tech. Then we saw the RoWrite smart writing pad, which was built around the company’s sensor technology. And there have even been crazy projects that put their flexible displays on t-shirts and hats, and a recently-launched portable keyboard that folds up into a size comparable to a highlighter. Essentially, these product categories have been all over the map.
And then Royole hit the granddaddy of them all back in October when they announced FlexPai, the world’s first commercially available foldable smartphone. Here in Vegas, the phone made its U.S. debut, though it’s currently in the developer phase here and likely still a ways away from retail availability.