Apple files a patent for a flexible display to be used with a wearable device

Apple files a patent for a flexible display to be used with a wearable device
Apple has filed an application for a patent that could have ramifications for the future of the Apple Watch. Called merely "Wearable Display," the patent covers a conformable electronic device and the production of it. The display would have the "curvature for a bracelet or a wrist watch," the patent reads.

The display would be made of a a silicon substrate with a thickness of 50 micrometers or less. The technology would seem useful for a future iteration of the Apple Watch. The patent, originally filed in 2014, is being credited to Andreas Bibl and Hsin-Hua Hu. The former was the CEO of LuxVue, a company that was purchased by Apple in 2014. The firm specialized in micro-LED technology, and LED arrays are used in the production of the flexible displays mentioned in the patent application.

The timing of this application release couldn't be better. Earlier today Lenovo briefly showed off the future when it had YouTube personality Meghan McCarthy show off prototypes of a flexible smartphone and a flexible tablet at Tech World.


source: USPTO via AppleInsider

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28 Comments

1. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

So Lenovo have a working demo. Apple not. but who make a patent? Apple need to stop patenting stuff other already have. No excuses!

4. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Except they didn't patent something others already have. The patent in question was filed a year an a half ago, and no doubt they have been working on it since. The fact that they haven't gone public with what they have so far doesn't mean they are stealing anything nor does it mean that Lenovo is any closer to releasing a product than Apple is. They have done nothing wrong here.

5. AlikMalix unregistered

The difference between Lenovo, others and Apple is that everyone shows some half finished concepts - Apple only reveals their products when it's ready to sell to the public. Just because everyone is showing concepts attached to some battery pack or some other device for it to work - does not mean that Apple isn't already working on their own.

10. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Correction - Apple only reveals their products after someone else has developed the concept and designed the tech.

19. AlikMalix unregistered

My post flew over your head a little too high. Sorry.

17. willard12 unregistered

Apple Maps

2. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

LOL, Lenovo shows off a functioning proof of concept for a flexible, wearable display and an hour later Apple patents the idea.

3. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

The patent was filed in December 2014, not an hour after Lenovo's demo.

7. cherry.dev

Posts: 107; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

if you want to troll, at least read the article.

8. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Apple's time machine just works. They jumped back to Dec 8, 2014 to file this patent after seeing Lenovo's product earlier.

6. DRS1977

Posts: 679; Member since: May 27, 2015

Funny how everyone has started to copy Samsung now, like 4 years later after Samsung started this whole thing. These guys are just patenting stuff while Samsung will have the real deal out next year. Apple has no shame at all, pure copycats.

9. AlikMalix unregistered

Read post #5 - Have you ever seen Apple show off an unfinished product? No. They reveal products when they're ready to sell to public - a finished, polished, and packaged product. Anything Apple showed was something you were able to buy within a couple of months. This means, that Apple is working on this stuff too. Samsung been showing off concepts and experimental tech for years - but there's more to just showing a part that supposedly does something, you gotta figure out how to mass manufacture it, support it, repair it, and insure it lasts the duration of time it was designed to last, then figure out how to sell it to the publicly for the price the public is willing to pay and find room to profit. Man, it's like teaching 5rd grade economics. You guys can't possibly be this dunce.

11. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Apple Maps. Not only shown, but released. The iWatch, was a hot mess at release. That's two right off the top of my head.

16. Pdubb

Posts: 249; Member since: Aug 08, 2011

I think tou can add Siri to that as well. Iirc it was a little buggy to start.

21. AlikMalix unregistered

Apple Watch, maps, Siri, we're all products that worked as should and were available for consumers right away after Apple presented it. It wasn't something that Apple teased years in advance just to show they were first - Apple doesn't do that, not because you think Apple waits to copy, but because half of the ideas we see on smartphones are also apples contributions. They all worked great and are enjoyed by people, with maybe a bug here and there. But if you think that if a released product isn't ready because it has bugs, show me one device or software that had no bugs after its release? Android devices and google services have problems even as we speak. My point was - Apple doesn't show some tech that isn't going to consumer - they only show tech that is ready to go to consumer. You can dangle that flex screen all you want for years, but if it's not on the shelves of bestbuy - it means nothing. Apple releases original iPhone - "Google been working on it too" Apple releases App Store - "Google been working on it too" Apple releases Touch ID - "Google been working on it too" Apple releases forcetouch "Google been working on it too" Apple releases first mobile phone with 64bit "Google been working on it too" Well where the heck are these products and why do they come out a year after Apple already been selling it to the public? I'm just surprised how hard you guys try to avoid giving Apple any credit at all....

22. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

You said "Have you ever seen Apple show off an unfinished product?" Well, technically yes. Apple Maps is a complete mess at release but corrected later.

23. AlikMalix unregistered

Apple maps was a finished product that launched worldwide. Something that was developed quickly covering the world it is bound to have a few glitches. It was rushed, but it did work (and worked well for the masses). A few stories from Australia and all of a sudden this is a bad product? Show me something this big without glitches? My point is, just because Samsung for example, showing off their flexible display developemt, does not mean that because Apple isn't showing off theirs they're not working on one. For all we know Apple been in development years before Samsung started or paying some company in Canada to develop flex screen trchnology for them. Who knows either way if it's developed - we wouldn't know about it til Apple is ready to put it in customers hands. My ENTIRE PIOINT is: it doesn't take a week to develop this stuff, and it takes a consortium of resources and third party development and manufacturing to get this working and in customers hands. Apple is more secretive about what it does for R&D vs Samsung and others. But you guys dismiss it as if Apple just comes up with this stuff over night and it magically works well within the iOS/Mac ecosystem. Remember the rumors of apples forcetouch - everyone knew due to rumors and leaks that Apple is working on that, then a week before Apple put the device with fully working and 3rd party supported forcetouch tech - some Chinese company announces that they will have it too - all of a sudden - "Apple copied android" even if Chinese phones FT was barely usable within its own UI and absolutely no support for 3rd party app developers or Google. Do you really believe that Apple just came up with it in a week the moment Chinese phone announced it? For crying out loud, apples FT is so well received by everyone that even Google already made apps for iOS using it. Did Google make any apps supporting FT for android devices (there's a phone that has it already, right?). No. Because it one thing to just add a feature - it's another to make it work everywhere and be supported by everyone.

25. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

So if this stuff takes more than a week to develop, how did some Chinese company just whip something up? Do you suppose maybe they were working on it for quite awhile previous as well? It's not that I discount every thing Apple does, but listen to yourselves. Apparently Apple's the only company who works on anything for any given time. Everyone else just throws $hit at a wall until it works, right? You want people to give Apple credit, maybe you guys should think about giving credit to anyone other than Apple. But that won't happen because according to you everyone else can come up with concepts, but can't make them into reality, that's Apple's wheelhouse.

24. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

So how is that any different when it's something other than an Apple product? Many times I've heard, "now they're copying Apple again". So apparently Apple takes all the time in the world to release something, but when anyone else does, they just pulled it out of their ass?

12. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

None of what you said changes the fact that Apple had been doing nothing but copying ideas off others the last five years.

15. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

sure.

18. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Longer than the past 5 years. When was the last product Apple ever made in their whole history that wasn't put together by leap-frogging off the work of others? Not that Apple doesn't put together a good solid product, but they're basically likened to an art restorer. Buy the Vermeer, clean it up, retouch some colors... then put it in a new frame under some pretty lights and sit back as Mxy, Ninetysix, & Alik credit Apple with creating the masterpiece itself.

13. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

IIRC, last year's announcement of the Apple Watch would qualify. After the announcement, it would be 7 months later before it would be ready for sale, because they had to make changes to improve the battery life.

14. DRS1977

Posts: 679; Member since: May 27, 2015

Not many here are a "dunce", maybe with the exception of yourself. What you are talking about isn't economics either, it is called product development. You have absolutely zero proof that Apple didn't start this project after Samsung showed the world the future. Samsung actually showed what they are working on and have prior art. Apple has a patent, but zero evidence that they are actually working on this.

20. AlikMalix unregistered

And you have no proof that Apple didn't start earlier either. I'm just pointing out the other side of the argument.

26. yoghibawono

Posts: 240; Member since: May 04, 2016

well you wrote a long ass paragraphs (which signs of) trying to convince others that "I believe apple already has the tech, unlike others who just shows off a half-assed finished products. you should believe that!" While other companies blatantly show us that they are working on the tech, NO PATENT YET. (why? because it will stop the creativity of others). Do you have proof that apple working on the tech before patented it? in my point of view, it just show another example of apple being "smart"...... not in a good way, anyway

30. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

There is proof however that others, not being Apple, were working on it. This patent was inherited in a portfolio of assets when they bought LuxVue. Credit goes to Andreas Bibl and Hsin-Hua Hu. (It's in the article...) LuxVue was bought in 2014, the patent was filed in 2014. How much work do you think Apple actually put into it then? They just grabbed some schematics out of the drawer and ran to the patent office. You're right, there is more than one side to an argument. These are the known sides. 1. Apple has an acquired patent. 2. Lenovo has a working demo.

29. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Apple looking out free moneys again... hehehe

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