You can bend it, but you don't have to worry about breaking it.

A flexible smartphone that its creators say is almost unbreakable has been unveiled by researchers at Queen's University's Human Media Lab.

"I think the main compliment about the prototype is how natural it feels," J.P. Carrascal of the Human Media Lab told CTV Ottawa.

The phone's flexibility means that you don't have to worry about damaging the device, named "ReFlex," when it's in your back pocket.  But more importantly, the brains behind the device say the innovative technology represents a completely new way to physically interact with your smartphone.

Users can control the phone by bending the flexible screen.

In the popular mobile video game Angry Birds, for example, Carrascal says ReFlex users bend the phone to control the slingshot function.

The flex technology also allows users bend the device to flip through pages of an electronic book. 

Carrascal said the bendable smartphone could be in consumers' hands within the next five years.

With a report from CTV Ottawa