Samsung patents foldable tablet displays, invisible buttons

Samsung patents foldable tablet displays, invisible buttons
It's not the first time we see Samsung filing a patent application for a flexible mobile display, and getting it approved, but in light with the CEO hint that next year we might see a foldable device become reality, the latest patent is worth your attention. The application has been filed last year, and granted July the 7th.

This time the twist is that Samsung has filed for a foldable screen not only of the OLED variety, but an LCD one, too, with roughly the size of one of its Galaxy tablets. The circuit board for the LCD one is on the outside of each half, while with the foldable OLED it is integrated into the package, and bends together with the panel.

Another interesting recent Samsung patent approved by the USPTO involves near-invisible virtual buttons. These are active areas situated near the edge of a touchscreen, which can command the camera app, for instance. The so-called "sensor pads" can apparently be mapped to different functions, too, so imagine a back button that is constantly under the tip of your thumb on the side of the phone, without taking physical space below the screen, or a shutter button that doesn't take away from the scene framing. If and how are these becoming reality, remains to be seen, but the R&D departments keep inventing and patenting, so at some point we will see a variation of those materialize, hopefully not too much further down the road.


source: PatentlyApple (1,2)

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14 Comments

1. gaming64 unregistered

Haven't they patent flexible and foldable displays already?

5. waddup121 unregistered

samsung too innovative

13. My1cent

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Without a charger or spare batteries.. it'd be an expensive paper-weight!

2. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

I think they are making a patent stockpile..so when they actually begin to utilize the technology the competition will have limited access.That way flexible and foldable devices will be uniquely samsung.

8. ameran

Posts: 344; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

You are almost right, but the Chinese manufacturers are the one who copy such technology without being punished.

9. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

The trade deal the US made with China sucks

11. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Apple isn't Chinese though.

3. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Hope they come out with actual device next year, may be note 6.

4. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Invisible buttons sound interesting.

6. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Yeah, they patented a folding tablet a while ago.

7. xnga123

Posts: 51; Member since: Dec 05, 2014

hope they make windows phone with those displays

10. DRS1977

Posts: 679; Member since: May 27, 2015

Funny that am Apple troll website like "Patently Apple - Celebrating Apple's Spirit of Invention" has articles about Samsung, when almost all Apple loyalty thugs and cheerleaders constantly bash Samsung for not innovating and copying. What a bunch of hypocritical douches.

12. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

A device like the Microsoft Courier, would actually be more doable. A folding display with the circuit board at each end would be perfect for a book-style tablet or phone. The rollable AMOLED display would work with Samsung's vision of a phone that potential could fit in a cylinder that would be only as wide as a typical smartphone, but you could pull out the screen to the desired size, or could have a maximum of so many inches. This is real innovation, not force touch that is old with a new usage. Some of the stuff we see in Sci-Fi films is about to become a reality.

14. ppoojavermaa

Posts: 45; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

Technology reaching to new aspects. :)

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