Samsung patents modular technology to turn their TVs into All-in-One computers

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In many cramped college dorm rooms and student bedrooms there is a competition between a PC and a TV for space, and often TVs are losing out, due to lower versatility and reduced access to content.

Samsung has now patented a system which would make a large screened TV more useful and versatile in a domestic setting and help it compete better with laptops and phones.

Their patent, noticed by PatentlyApple, for a modular TV, would feature a base unit for the screen which would have swappable modules which could have a variety of functions.

The patent notes:

“The first module #310 may be, e.g., a speaker, a tuner, a computer, and a charger for electronic devices. Herein, the computer may be, for example, an all-in-one computer or the like.”

Samsung also notes the TV could feature a  “user recognition unit” we assume somewhat similar to Windows Hello.

PatentlyApple notes the patent is quite detailed in its presentation, somewhat similar to the Surface Studio patent which almost exactly described the product, suggesting this device may already be winding its way to the market.

I imagine the presence of UWP apps would make Windows 10 on a large screen easier to use. Would PC capabilities in your next Samsung TV make you more likely to buy? Let us know below.

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