LG awarded design patent outlining a phone that will bend and attach to a bracelet

LG awarded design patent outlining a phone that will bend and attach to a bracelet
While the portable phones from two decades ago have gone through absolutely mind-boggling improvements to arrive at where they are today, it has nevertheless been some time since we've had any change in the form factor. Indeed, regardless of manufacturer, a smartphone today mostly means a rounded rectangular slab with 60% and more of its surface taken up by a touch-enabled screen. Interestingly enough, while those two are likely to remain a constant this next decade, companies like LG envision a future where they are far more flexible.

Case in point: a new LG design patent outlines a rectangular smartphone that can bend without a problem in order to conform to a bracelet on your wrist. We put emphasis on the 'design' part, as the filing itself reveals nothing in terms of how the South Korea-based electronics giant intends for such a gadget to do so. In other words, while LG has already covered quite some groundwork in this particular niche with the LG G Flex and G Flex 2, something like this is basically a whole new ball game. The only clues provided are the many lines at the back of the device that suggest that that's where the smartphone in question would bend in order to accommodate a more circular shape.

In a way, such a concept doesn't differ too much from the idea of a giant-sized smartwatch, and that, in itself, could be a problem – manufacturers are already having trouble enough getting people to adorn their wrists with normal-looking smartwatches, let alone a smartphone-sized bracelet. We're holding out for folding smartphones.

source: USPTO



1. mmmanuuu

Posts: 403; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Nice Concept ! Make it happen LG !!

3. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Kinda weird if your gonna wear it. It's like your some kind a character in a cartoon/anime TV show.

10. engineer-1701d unregistered

It's just like Samsung one and I am down with a nome style arm smartphone

13. mmmanuuu

Posts: 403; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Dont like it? You can ignore it and live your normal life with your normal smartphone. I love new technology and new concepts and would love to try this particular one.

2. My1cent

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Its weight & thickness depends on its power source(s)!

4. TheGunnyPT

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

Looking good! We're going whole Tony Stark way hehe. I loved Watch R, so I'm looking forward from anything new from LG.

5. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Apple will sue, claiming they already invented the bending smartphone.

6. Scorpion67 unregistered

"Apple patents flexible iPhone" ~2015 Funny how it has already been designed and sold by other companies already.

7. TheGunnyPT

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

The bending joke has already got old ever since the first day it debut. In hardware tests, it shows how easier it is to bend an HTC than an iPhone. http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2372765/apples-iphone-6-is-harder-to-bend-than-the-htc-one-m8 Either way, why would you try to bend it on purpose? It's dumb.

8. tedkord

Posts: 17481; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

But there are zero reports of HTC phones bending in front pockets or from normal use.

11. engineer-1701d unregistered

Just watch the galaxy s6 edge vs iPhone 6 drop test you will see the iPhone bend just from a drop test that's a first they should patent that

14. Scorpion67 unregistered

Once people start complaining about it ACTUALLY bending in their pockets I'll be the first one to call it the Bendgate 2.

9. HSN87

Posts: 109; Member since: Jan 09, 2015

That's really cool concept LG, Plz do it ;-) Go LG

12. DroidDaddyo

Posts: 35; Member since: Jan 18, 2015


15. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

I guess I won't need a smartwatch then.

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