Samsung files for smart device-skin patent

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.

source: PatentBolt



1. RCMizK3w1

Posts: 15; Member since: Mar 07, 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: Oct 05, 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: Feb 27, 2012

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

9. Cwebb

Posts: 501; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

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

15. chapizzo

Posts: 116; Member since: Sep 13, 2011

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

3. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

6. cellphonator

Posts: 298; Member since: Oct 29, 2011

Banana Republic?

12. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

no, fruit n' loops..

17. ph00ny

Posts: 2055; Member since: May 26, 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: Feb 20, 2011

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

5. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

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

10. Cwebb

Posts: 501; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

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

13. lukasound

Posts: 152; Member since: Nov 16, 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: Nov 16, 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...

8. antmiu2

Posts: 550; Member since: Jun 19, 2011


11. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 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


18. Mandroid

Posts: 209; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

Pay attention iDrones, THIS is innovation.

19. sagar.singh0512

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 10, 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: Oct 29, 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: Mar 11, 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: Oct 29, 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: 365; Member since: Mar 11, 2012

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

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