Nokia demoed a prototype of what could be the first in a line of products with flexible screens.

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Last week, Nokia demoed a prototype device that lets you bend and twist the screen

Flexible displays are durable and pave the way for new input methods

The cheaper, thinner and more durable screens become, the more uses we'll find for them

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As we enter the final months of 2011, the thoughts of tech watchers like me are turning to what we can expect in 2012.

Voice recognition in all our devices? Touch control replacing the mouse and keyboard? The death of the wallet as mobile payments become mainstream?

Maybe. But what I’m most excited about is something far more audacious: flexible screens.

Expecting this much-anticipated technology to become widely available in 2012 is optimistic but not unthinkable.

Last week, Nokia demoed a mindblowing prototype handheld device that lets you bend and twist the screen to complete actions like scrolling and zooming.

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Meanwhile, Samsung said on an earnings call last week that it expected to debut phones with flexible displays in 2012 and that flexible tablets would follow.

The advantages of flexible displays are obvious: They’re more durable, and they pave the way for new input methods, such as bending the display to zoom.

But where will this new tech take us?

I think this technology will lead to the biggest breakthrough in mobil