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Motorola seeks patent on flexible smartwatch

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Motorola seeks patent on flexible smartwatch
Motorola has filed with the USPTO for a patent on a flexible smartwatch-like device. Both the band and the screen flex together to wrap around your wrist. The band resembles the one you might find on any metal watch band and the real value here is the screen, which seamlessly handles the curves. While it looks great on the outside, the device will need some flexible circuitry to work and that is the fly in the ointment right now. The patent was originally filed on June 19, 2012 and is credited to Alberto R. Cavallaro.

We've already started on the path to flexible devices with the launch this year of the Samsung Galaxy Round and the LG G Flex. The latter is the more ambitious of the two and actually does flex when pressure is applied to the back of the phone (we don't recommend that you try this at home). While there is a long road ahead, every patent filed like this one by Motorola, brings us one step closer to the dream of having fully flexible devices.

Motorola has filed to patent a flexible smartwatch-type device

Motorola has filed to patent a flexible smartwatch-type device


source: USPTO via Engadget

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posted on 19 Dec 2013, 15:50 3

1. Genersis (Posts: 175; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Can companies stick to patenting products, rather than concepts also? please?

posted on 19 Dec 2013, 21:06

3. Finalflash (Posts: 1421; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Well this might actually be in the pipeline rather than just imagination. But once again it will be tough to carry out because it is a bit too imaginative and requires way too much effort at least with the current state of tech.

posted on 19 Dec 2013, 16:00 1

2. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


If this comes to fruition, I want.

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 05:52

4. Daftama (Posts: 560; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Easy there moto I mean Google since can a flex watch be patented didn't icrap and scrap file that already

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 08:12

5. JewBakaUCFG (Posts: 173; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


Different patents can be filed for similar products as long as there are enough differences in the designs. Hence many types of phones, TVs, cars, etc ...

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 08:15

6. JewBakaUCFG (Posts: 173; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


More to bend. More to break. At least I would think. I would greatly question the durability of such a device, particularly the screen.

But, we cannot progress if we do not take the first steps. So here's hoping the flexible display technology continues to move forward. I am looking forward to what will be built ont he first versions of these kinds of watches.

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