Samsung goes all futuristic with a flexible smartphone that becomes a bracelet (or is it the other way around?)

Samsung goes all futuristic with a flexible smartphone that becomes a bracelet (or is it the other way around?)
If you thought the Galaxy S6 edge and Gear S are the pinnacles of Samsung's flexible OLED screen achievements, you've seen nothing, friends. Samsung has been researching the technology for over five years now, amassing patents for wildly futuristic ideas that must wait for their time to come. 

Despite the secrecy, sometimes we actually get little glimpses of the company's behind the scenes work thrown at us, and it's hard not to be impressed! Future Samsung's latest masterpiece is a smartphone-bracelet hybrid of sorts, which is - in extremely basic terms - a flexible OLED screen attached to a sequence of segments designed to be rotatable. That is, the segments can be curled into a bracelet shape, or "extended" into a flat shape, and thus becoming a smartphone - or whatever Samsung envisions as the device's purpose.

Although the purported wearable looks more appropriate for a rave party rather than something to be worn on a daily basis in all occasions, the concept itself is pretty cool and might turn out better than expected. Then again, in the year 2130 or so, users can always opt for an implant if they have a problem wearing flexible OLED smart bracelets to dinner. Convenient, no?


source: PatentlyApple via GSMDome

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25 Comments

1. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

lol from patently apple

2. Arthurhkt

Posts: 726; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

I think they should make it to watch first instead of phone.

3. tango_charlie

Posts: 347; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Reminds me of the Nokia Morph Concept.

10. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

20. engineer-1701d unregistered

I remember this morph video when it came out

15. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I wish Nokia would have make that into reality. They would kill the market with it.

19. engineer-1701d unregistered

Reminds me of every space mecha anime. I have always wished for something like this

4. gaming64 unregistered

Gimmicks! Gimmicks Everywhere!

6. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

This comment was expected lol If it was Apple, the comment would be "Innovation! Innovation Everywhere!"

7. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

EVERYTHING is a gimmick, down to the stupid USB powered outlet charger the question is what gimmick will prove it's worth it.

12. ShaikhJGI

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

This Gimmick will become most advance technology in few years. Don't expect to get fruit on the day you lay the seed in the ground. Technology is good accept it. That will make more of such products to come in future

18. Scorpion67 unregistered

Everything that's not Apple-related is a gimmick. All hail the mighty Apple!

5. My1cent

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Convenient? Yes, if they can make a lightweight and last all day device. Battery is the big issue there! (alternative power sources like body heat, kinetic?)

8. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

Well, since smartphones are becoming bigger and bigger with each year, putting them in our pocket becoming harder. So maybe this is a solution for a problem that will accrue eventually.

9. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Samsung is still the most innovative company in the world no matter what you say haters.

21. engineer-1701d unregistered

They are but you can already order a phone bracket like this i well have to find the start up company's name again I'll post when i get some time to find it

24. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

innovative??? the funniest joke i've ever read... LOL!!!

11. ShaikhJGI

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

What i am thinking Is about the components inside like Processor, Sim card, Camera etc. Will they also bend along with the device?

14. _moboy

Posts: 62; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

They don't have to. The camera could be position in the middle where it doesn't experience bending. The sim card could be inserted at the hem, where the two ends of the 'bracelet' join.

17. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Well, they said it is made up of many segments, so anything within the segment probably won't bend. They just need to have a way for the segments to communicate with each other.

13. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 892; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

I was sure Samsung would do this with flexible displays.. The futuristic communication devices

16. BigBoss10

Posts: 279; Member since: Aug 31, 2012

PATENTLY APPLE WTF :D

22. ameran

Posts: 344; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

Apple needs to invent the flexible screen before they even think about such device. And secondly, Samsung already has a patent similar to this, which means, Apple can't make any money from a piece of paper.

23. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

been reading articles about this flexible phone for years... until now, I have not seen a real one!! LOL!

25. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2266; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

i see dreams that gimmick sammy..

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