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Samsung files for smart device-skin patent

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Samsung files for smart device-skin patent
You may remember a few months ago we showed you a concept video for the Nokia Gem. It is a concept from Nokia where the entire device is a touchscreen. Interestingly, Samsung has filed for a patent for a similar technology – at least the display part of it.

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.

Samsung files for smart device-skin patent


source: PatentBolt

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posted on 09 Mar 2012, 21:32

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.

posted on 09 Mar 2012, 21:47 4

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

posted on 09 Mar 2012, 22:07

4. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


It's somewhat like the invisible car concept recently shown on yahoo news.

posted on 10 Mar 2012, 02:51 5

9. Cwebb (Posts: 501; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Doesn't an invisible car sound extremely dangerous? Or is it just me

posted on 10 Mar 2012, 05:43

15. chapizzo (Posts: 116; Member since: 13 Sep 2011)


sounds cool, but indeed it would be a danger to all.

posted on 09 Mar 2012, 22:05 8

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.

posted on 09 Mar 2012, 23:13 5

6. cellphonator (Posts: 298; Member since: 29 Oct 2011)


Banana Republic?

posted on 10 Mar 2012, 04:33 1

12. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


no, fruit n' loops..

posted on 10 Mar 2012, 11:56

17. ph00ny (Posts: 586; 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

posted on 11 Mar 2012, 19:06

23. Dark4o90 (Posts: 205; Member since: 20 Feb 2011)


even the camera sensor is invented in AT&T's labs

posted on 09 Mar 2012, 22:30 2

5. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


I think we the consumers should start applying for patents on our ideas...

posted on 10 Mar 2012, 02:52 1

10. Cwebb (Posts: 501; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Then I need to go patent a "car that drives itself"

posted on 10 Mar 2012, 04:51

13. lukasound (Posts: 150; 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

posted on 09 Mar 2012, 23:47 2

7. lukasound (Posts: 150; 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...

posted on 10 Mar 2012, 00:40

8. antmiu2 (Posts: 186; Member since: 19 Jun 2011)


RETALIATION

posted on 10 Mar 2012, 03:41 3

11. andro. (Posts: 1935; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Future android phones from Samsung will look revolutionary!

posted on 10 Mar 2012, 09:05 1

16. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


not only looks but they will be revolutionary in terms of tech and functionality.

posted on 10 Mar 2012, 05:00 1

14. azri05 (unregistered)


THUMBS ME DOWN!

posted on 10 Mar 2012, 12:13 5

18. Mandroid (Posts: 209; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


Pay attention iDrones, THIS is innovation.

posted on 10 Mar 2012, 13:44

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.

posted on 10 Mar 2012, 22:36

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?

posted on 11 Mar 2012, 11:26

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

posted on 12 Mar 2012, 00:45

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.

posted on 11 Mar 2012, 00:37

21. VJo003 (Posts: 320; Member since: 11 Mar 2012)


Would be interesting to see how this would work out on the preferred Samsung material - Plastic

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