Folding phones and tablets come in two forms – the inward folding version (such as the cool Samsung Galaxy F) and the outward folding version, such as the ungainly Royale Flexpai.
An outward folding phone is however much easier to build than an inward folding one, and going by Motorola’s patent, it can be made to be petty attractive and functional too.
Their patent for a ‘Deformable electronic device with methods and systems for controlling the deformed user interface’ dates to mid-2017 and was published a few days ago.
The patent concentrates on some unique user interaction features for the device, including using the rear of the device as an active control surface for the front of the handset, similar to how the fingerprint reader on some smartphones can pull down the notification sheet. Motorola envisions a number of uses, including direct touch, zoom gestures and more. The advantage, of course, is that you can maintain a secure hold on your phone and still have full one-handed usage.
Moto also envisions having cameras on the top of each half, which can be used as rear facing cameras or front-facing, and can detect when you are looking at each screen and activate or deactivate the half screen accordingly.
Instead of making a big phone even bigger Motorola appears to be looking at using folding technology to make big phones smaller, which seems to be a good alternative approach to the market.
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