Samsung files for smart device-skin patent
Samsung’s invention enables a user to take a photo or choose an image and electronically wrap it around the device. The design can be altered at anytime. It is essentially a smart skin. In its filings Samsung notes that the smart skin can be built-in to future devices or sold as an add-on accessory for older ones.
Essentially the layer of film would extend beyond the devices screen to encompass the external case. Samsung envisions the user being able to combine the display image with the skin image to view it as one connected image across the device.
It’s not totally clear how much power the smart skin would require, as that would definitely be a factor in whether or not it is worth the added visuals on your device. Overall, though, it is a cool concept that we would love to see in action.
1. RCMizK3w1 (Posts: 15; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
It maybe successful if it didn't hurt battery life a tone; seems like it would add a tone of extra thickness on the add on version though.
2. Cwebb (Posts: 501; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
Smart Samsung, beat Apple to the patent office. Now if they could find a way to make this not look weird and not drain battery worse than an '11 HTC on LTE, we got a deal
4. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)
It's somewhat like the invisible car concept recently shown on yahoo news.
9. Cwebb (Posts: 501; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
Doesn't an invisible car sound extremely dangerous? Or is it just me
15. chapizzo (Posts: 116; Member since: 13 Sep 2011)
sounds cool, but indeed it would be a danger to all.
3. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
As you may have noticed Google and Samsung are patenting things seriously not because they want to sue people but rather protecting themselves, and we all know why, because of a fruit company.
17. ph00ny (Posts: 606; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Um they were both very serious about patents well before apple happened. They just didn't use it to leverage competition
As for patents, Samsung, Motorola, Sony(well SE previously) are giants in the mobile technology sector. I think AT&T has more patents than Apple and AT&T is tiny even by carrier standard
23. Dark4o90 (Posts: 205; Member since: 20 Feb 2011)
even the camera sensor is invented in AT&T's labs
5. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
I think we the consumers should start applying for patents on our ideas...
10. Cwebb (Posts: 501; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
Then I need to go patent a "car that drives itself"
13. lukasound (Posts: 152; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)
there are many things that are bound to happen, but are not yet patented...
like a 3D holographic videochat? even if you don't make money from it, your children will for sure :) or did George Lucas already patent that? :P
7. lukasound (Posts: 152; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)
this makes a lot of sense using bendable amoled... the tech is already here, and it wouldn't use more battery than let's say two SGS2 screens... depends on brightness and resolution, but with a decent battery this could already work today...
i hope they release it soon :) maybe SGS4? that would be awesome, i am due to upgrade then...
11. andro. (Posts: 1971; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
Future android phones from Samsung will look revolutionary!
16. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)
not only looks but they will be revolutionary in terms of tech and functionality.
14. azri05 (unregistered)
THUMBS ME DOWN!
18. Mandroid (Posts: 209; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
Pay attention iDrones, THIS is innovation.
19. sagar.singh0512 (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Mar 2012)
Crap they copied Nokia GEM concept phone.. Samsung & Google please wake up and PLEASE STOP COPYING other's innovation.
20. cellphonator (Posts: 298; Member since: 29 Oct 2011)
Sometimes companies take others ideas and improve it, it always happened and always will. Didn't Steve Jobs do the same with the mouse, back in the '80s?
22. vijayabaskarank (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Mar 2012)
hi friend If they want to improve why they are filling patent for this. For the one concept shown by Nokia
24. cellphonator (Posts: 298; Member since: 29 Oct 2011)
Because I'm sure they modified something technically to make it different, so they filed for a patent. We can say it's unethical but it's legal.
21. VJo003 (Posts: 335; Member since: 11 Mar 2012)
Would be interesting to see how this would work out on the preferred Samsung material - Plastic