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July 11, 2015

Samsung gets granted patent on foldable tablet displays, invisible buttons

by John_A

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Another day, another patent. Last year, Samsung filed a patent on a flexible screen technology. Nearly a year later, on July 7, Samsung was granted this patent. This patent not only supports OLED flexible displays but also LCD ones. The size is near the same as Samsung’s Galaxy tablets. This is remarkable as it seems like just yesterday when the first smartphones where taking off. It will be interesting to see how Samsung brings these displays to the market and when and if they ever integrate them into its their future lineups. However, don’t take this to seriously, the technology of a fully fold-able and bendable tablet could still be a ways off.

Samsung was also granted a patent by the USPTO that involves near invisible virtual buttons. Samsung thinks this could be used in a variety of ways. For example, the sensor pad could activate say the camera app to open. It could also carry out some independent functions like taking a picture, and this could all be done without taking up physical space below the screen or on the side of the device.

Samsung definitely has some ideas that haven’t been tossed around very much in the market yet and that is not a bad thing. It’s great to see the company still looking for new enhancements to improve its devices and innovate. It would be great if we could see these advancements make it to upcoming devices, but don’t get your hopes up.

Source: Patently Apple (1) (2)

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