Wouldn’t it be nice if we have just one device for all our computing needs? For consumers, it’s certainly a great idea and seems quite possible to achieve. Samsung believes it can pull it off. The company has already started its preparation to peruse ‘one device to rule them all’ idea.
The U.S. Patent Office granted Samsung a patent which talks about ‘variable stiffness flexible display.’ It is exactly what you think it is. The display Samsung patented can take shape of anything you want. It can be used as a flexible display, a semi-rigid display, and a rigid display.
The idea isn’t as simple as it sounds. Once you transform the display into something, let’s say a wristwatch, you’ll also like it to maintain the shape for a while. This will require some extra efforts. To maintain the shape you will have to provide input while transforming the display. Likewise, changing the shape back to its original position will also require you provide another input. And as I said, you can transform it into anything you want and not just wristwatch.
This according to me if transform into a real product will be a breakthrough in the industry. With this Samsung display, smartphone manufacturers will be able to manufacture a single device that can be a tablet, a smartwatch, smartphone and anything you could think of. However, the idea of a flexible display isn’t new. Chinese manufacturer Nubia came up with a similar idea but unlike Samsung, the Nubia Alpha doesn’t go beyond wristwatch.
Now let me use a cliche. Patents are always to be taken with a grain of salt. They don’t transform into a product overnight, it takes time. Worse, you might not even see them transforming into a product.
Via: Patently Mobile