Samsung patents transparent screen, with front and back touch capabilities

Samsung patents transparent screen, with front and back touch capabilities
Samsung was recently awarded a patent for a transparent screen with front and back touch capabilities. By touching the screen from behind, a user can open a folder without a finger blocking part of the screen. By using the back of the screen, users can read a hidden menu or view a hidden photograph. Videos could be controlled using the rear touchscreen, and overlapping images can be separated more easily by using the front or back screen.

Using the real estate on back of a smartphone has picked up steam with the launch of the LG G2 which has its power button and volume rocker on the rear, under the camera. The HTC One max has a fingerprint sensor located on the back of the phablet, and the upcoming OPPO N1, set to launch on December 10th, features a touch panel on the upper part of the phone's rear cover. This is expected to facilitate one-hand use despite the large 5.8 inch screen on the device.

It's unclear when we might see this patent in use on a Samsung phone, and with the current focus on curved and flexible displays, it might be sometime before a transparent screen makes its way to a Samsung handset ready for prime time.


source: PatentBolt via SamMobile, AndroidAuthority

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13 Comments

1. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Bring two screens and stick with glue.

4. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Don't forget chocolate, that will also help to stick them properly. So you can lick it when your hungry, introducing the Google Lick.

2. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

No one asked for it, but well, they made it. Seriously, who needs this?

3. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2314; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

People who text while walking so they can see through their phone as to where they are going.

7. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

like the ones in the iron man movie? man, that's rad

12. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

First thing that came to mind as well, if we ever reach that level, awesome.

5. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

This is useless, people can see what you're texting through your phone. Why not use Oppo's rear touch panel instead of this one?

6. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

May be they are using one active screen at a time.

13. KillgoreTrout

Posts: 53; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

"people can see what you're texting through your phone"....So you hold your phone right up to your face with your hands at the side of the phone so people directly infront of you are looking right at your phone which is blocking your face? Also, everyone can read backwards? Opinions are welcome, stupidity is not xperiadriod.

8. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

Maybe patents should be awarded WHEN a company actually makes a working prototype. Otherwise I'm going to go file a patent for a time machine right now.

9. nlbates66

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

somebody has already done it. (I wish I was freaking joking... but it's likely) also somebody may have patented a faster than light travel method already as well.

10. Humphrey.One

Posts: 33; Member since: Nov 14, 2013

What bothers me is that one company fails to patent a touchscreen technology, and another is awarded with patent for two-side touchscreen.

11. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

sorry, which OEM failed to patent touchscreen technology?

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