Apple awarded patent for display shock absorber
posted by Alan F. / Aug 21, 2012, 11:28 AM
changing its shape if a device is dropped or gets hit. While rubber is used on the Apple iPhone to absorb shocks, other elastic materials could be used as long as the elasticity is enough to protect fragile components in the case of a "large impact" such as a fall from a great distance. The material should also have viscous properties to protect the components from the shorter drops that happen more often. Going back to Apple's iconic smartphone, the rubber coating in the form of a thin bezel has been installed between the display and the phone's exterior bezel.
We all drop our phones and the first thing that we usually check after gingerly picking up the fallen handset is the screen. Anything that increases the survival rate of the display after a drop, no matter how large or small, is going to be appreciated by the cellphone using public. source: USPTO via AppleInsider
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The way apple applies for patents is fascinating, not because this isn't a good idea, no...It''s because it's just rectangle in a rectangle in another rectangle lol
posted on Aug 21, 2012, 11:40 AM 26
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thanks for the laugh! anyway guys, i have a question. Does it takes years for a patent to be approved? like in this example, the patent was filed in Sep 2008. I'm not an American, so i have no idea how the patent system works
posted on Aug 21, 2012, 2:45 PM 0
useless invention, who needs this when there is unbreakable screen?
posted on Aug 21, 2012, 11:47 AM 8
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Apple will need it. I dont think they will go with Samsung's flexible screen. I think most phones might need this. And what screen is unbreakable? Not Gorilla Glass. I have a Droid 1 and Droid X1 that says other wise. GG2? I doubt it if its that. No glass is unbreakable. Some are just harder to break.
posted on Aug 22, 2012, 1:00 AM 1
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Since the current -almost all glass-iPhone breaks faster than any phone on the market right now when dropped, I could see how they'd need this.
posted on Aug 21, 2012, 12:02 PM 7
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Great, they "patented" the Otterbox...lol
posted on Aug 21, 2012, 12:42 PM 3
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You are taking this way out of hand. From what I understood, this is a rubber-like material that is to be placed where the bezel is, and that will change shape to prevent cracking. What Otterboxes do is protect the device by putting a layer (or two) of shock absorbing material around it, and raise the area that covers the bezel to keep the screen from touching the surface it's placed on. Otterbox cases are an accessory to protect your device. I know Apple has been ridiculous with the lawsuits lately, but even they know that that will not be a valid case. Stop over-exaggerating.
posted on Aug 22, 2012, 3:30 AM 0
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Gorilla glass isn't anywhere close to unbreakable. Especially GG2.
posted on Aug 21, 2012, 12:44 PM 5
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Wow...Viscoelastic material has been around since long before 2008, so why would you give Apple a patent for a material that is already in existence? Our patent system is seriously screwed up. Basically Apple has the right to wrap a cell phone screen with a mterial that has already been invented and call the idea their own! Reeeeeeeediculous!!!!!
posted on Aug 21, 2012, 1:00 PM 3
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It's not the actual material that they are patenting but how it's being used to protect the actual display. One could probably patent the use of lungs as a device to convert Oxygen to Carbon Monoxide (or is it dioxide) and every person and living creature on the planet that does so would owe them. That is how stupid our patent office is.
posted on Aug 21, 2012, 3:14 PM 3
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This just show how Apple prefers to stay outdated in technology. I mean everybody is moving in leaps and bounds in the display department working on flexible glass, or displays that bend while Apple places a rubber on there display and calls it protection. How much will this "innovation " cost consumers.
posted on Aug 21, 2012, 1:10 PM 0
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It a good idea, until flexible displays are standard and thereis still a long way to go the ppi and picture quality still is not up to par with current nonflexible displays til then this is a pretty good solution the SG3 sure could have used this too bad Apple was given this patent oh well in about 3 years this patent will be usless anyway.
posted on Aug 21, 2012, 1:27 PM 0
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Ah, but you see, this patent specifically stated that the protection had to be flexible to absorb impacts. So, when the first flexible display comes out, Apple will sue, because they will claim this covers flexibility in displays. After all, if a tap is just s zero length swipe, why wouldn't a flexible display be a zero screen coating?
posted on Aug 21, 2012, 4:58 PM 2
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Not really... This uses a viscous elastic material (rubber essentially) by the bezel that changes shape to protect the display from impacts. As long as manufacturers don't use any rubber in the bezel, there shouldn't be any lawsuits with this. Flexible displays should be un-touchable by this patent, because with this patent it is essentially a rubber bezel around the display that changes shape, and not the display itself that is changing shape.
posted on Aug 22, 2012, 3:40 AM 0
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