Samsung patents pressure-sensitive display, hinting at Galaxy S7 with Force Touch tech
posted by Daniel P. / Oct 19, 2015, 7:00 AM
As if we needed more proof after the Synaptics' ClearForce announcement that the pressure-sensitive screen technology won't stay exclusive to Apple or Huawei for long, now Samsung has patented something similar that hints we might see the tech in its phone as soon as the Galaxy S7 in early 2016.
When it announced the new controllers that support ClearForce, Synpatics said that these have been booked by many leading smartphone makers, and will be available for mass production in Q1, so there you have it.
Samsung's patent in question shows a crude diagram of a pressure-sensitive display that reacts different when tapped on lightly or pressed on in a harder manner, sensing changes in the electromagnetic field that get transformed into software commands. Couple this with the rumors in the tech blogosphere not long ago that the Galaxy S7 will have a Force Touch display, and we can be fairly certain that Samsung will its flagships next year with this new input paradigm, and the Android universe will surely follow.
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Ground-breaking innovation! :D
posted on Oct 19, 2015, 7:01 AM 13
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Sure, Huawei might have been the first with force touch on phones, but Samsung might have a better or more interesting approach. We will see when it arrives!
posted on Oct 19, 2015, 7:06 AM 25
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Not sure what that has to do with the pure innovation aspect of it all. There has never been any question about Apple being the first to market, but they sure weren't the first with the innovation of the feature.
posted on Oct 19, 2015, 9:01 AM 6
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While this is true, that Apple wasn't the first to innovate the feature, we do have to keep in perspective that if Apple didn't plan on using it in their phone it may not have been featured in other OEM devices. The only reason Huawei put Force Touch in their device was because it was rumored for months that Apple was going to use the same technology from their smartwatch and put it in their phones (I would say patent filings in January tipped them off more than anything else). So, like any smart business decision made by a company trying to stay ahead of the competition, they decided to work hard and create a similar feature to put in their device before the release of the iPhone. I mean you have to admit, even the announcement date of the Huawei Mate was two days before Apple's big announcement. That wasn't coincidental. But, to give credit where credit is really due, it was actually Blackberry patents that gave way to what we know as Force Touch today. No, it wasn't possible for screens to bend in 2008 as they do now that gives Force Touch the feeling it does now, but the concept was there. In fact, Blackberry is one of the leading patent holders on the technology next to Apple: http://www.chipworks.com/about-chipworks/overview/blog/force-touch-technology-intellectual-property-perspective
posted on Oct 19, 2015, 12:03 PM 9
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Apple don't really design much on their own, they even have to PAY for their phone chip layout... And WE know Apple has NO production factories that they OWN. O.ohttp://www.dailymail.co.uk/sci
posted on Oct 19, 2015, 1:44 PM 3
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samsung, really? why not focus on that foldable display you already have. that would attract more buyers. stop that force touch bs. it does not add anything significantly useful.
posted on Oct 19, 2015, 7:07 AM 6
Samsung is huge with various R&D happening simultaneously. This in no way means they are not working with foldable displays. Force touch is not BS. It can be used as a right click. And we all know that right click is awesome.
posted on Oct 19, 2015, 7:10 AM 11
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"Application Date: 2014.04.09"
posted on Oct 19, 2015, 7:09 AM 4
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erm.... time machine maybe?
posted on Oct 19, 2015, 7:57 AM 1
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Samsung's patent: "A pressure-sensitive degree control method and system of a mobile terminal including a touchscreen for controlling interaction degree of the touchscreen based on a pressure level of a touch are provided. The method includes detecting a pressure level of the touch made on the touchscreen, configuring an interaction degree of the user interface to be determined based on the pressure level, and controlling operations of the user interface according to the interaction degree." Apple's patent: "An electronic device has a display and has a touch sensitive bezel surrounding the display. Areas on the bezel are designated for controls used to operate the electronic device. Visual guides corresponding to the controls are displayed on the display adjacent the areas of the bezel designated for the controls. Touch data is generated by the bezel when a user touches an area of the bezel. The device determines which of the controls has been selected based on which designated area is associated with the touch data from the bezel. The device then initiates the determined control. The device can have a sensor for determining the orientation of the device. Based on the orientation, the device can alter the areas designated on the bezel for the controls and can alter the location of the visual guides for the display so that they match the altered areas on the bezel." "What is touchscreen?"http://bfy.tw/2MRr "What is bezel?"http://bfy.tw/2MS0 Fam, learn your stuff.
posted on Oct 19, 2015, 12:11 PM 7
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True, the first fully smartphone specific patent from Apple describing a pressure sensitive screen (rather than bezels) dates from january 2015, the Samsung one from april 2014 and that obviously wasn't the first either.
posted on Oct 19, 2015, 7:48 PM 2
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pathetic as always
posted on Oct 19, 2015, 7:10 AM 8
You didn't say that when Apple implemented it. Pressure sensitive displays have been there for years. Synaptics had a trackpad with this tech a few years ago. If this patent is approved now, this means that it was applied for at least 1 year ago.
posted on Oct 19, 2015, 7:12 AM 14
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you guys still dont get it. Its not about how Samsung is doing after Apple...its about their timing! They dont even give it a bit of time. They literally just wait for apple to start this year's trend and follow it a few months later.
posted on Oct 19, 2015, 7:48 AM 14
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R&D for stuff like this lasts longer than a few months. You think Samsung started work on this after Apple announced the new iPhones? No, these companies plan years into the future. That's what it means to be a technology company with a significant R&D budget. They attempt to understand the market, predict its trends, and build technology to capitalize on those trends when they gain momentum.
posted on Oct 19, 2015, 12:26 PM 2
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