In October 2017 Patently Apple posted a report titled "Samsung wins a Patent for a Smart Bracelet with a Flexible Display that has very Unique Properties & Advantages." Our report was rich in detail and provided many great patent figures to help our audience visualize Samsung's invention. Below is just one example of a patent figure cluster found in that report.
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Samsung May 2018 Patent Application
Fast forwarding to May 2018 and we see another major patent application has surfaced at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office covering a next generation communication band that places a lot of emphasis on gaze controls to control content.
Samsung's patent FIG. 1 presented above is a schematic diagram showing a displaying method of a flexible display device; FIG. 3 is a block diagram showing in detail hardware components of a flexible display device according to an exemplary embodiment.
According to Samsung, their patent FIG. 1 noted above could be a smartphone, a smart mobile TV or flexible tablet as just a few of the key uses for this device.
Further, Samsung's patent filing notes that their invention would support a flexible display, sensors which would be able to obtain user gaze information and a processor which will determine an activated region on the flexible display based on the user gaze information and curvature information regarding the flexible display and controls content to be displayed in the determined activated region.
Furthermore, when the content includes one object, as the distance information obtained by the sensor is changed, the processor may change an appearance of the one object.
Furthermore, the sensor may include a plurality of gaze-detecting sensors arranged at a predetermined interval to obtain the user gaze information.
According to another aspect of the present disclosure, a flexible display device may include a flexible display; a communication interface which receives a notification message; a sensor which obtains user gaze information as the notification message is received; and a processor which determines an activated region on the flexible display based on the user gaze information and curvature information regarding the flexible display and controls the notification message to be displayed in the determined activated region.
Samsung patent FIG. 4 is a diagram showing a method whereby a sensor senses a deformation state of the flexible display device 10 in a sensor; FIG. 5 is a diagram showing an example that a deformation curvature is obtained at a sensing point of a flex sensor.
In FIG. 6B below the flexible display device is deformed into a cylindrical shape and the sensor #120 may detect a pupil of a user seeing the flexible display at various angles by using a plurality of gaze detecting sensors.
In Samsung's patent FIG. 12 below we're able to see a diagram showing an example in which a distortion of pixels occurs due to a deformation of a flexible display.
Samsung's patent FIGS. 19A and 19B are diagrams showing an example that a processor controls an appearance of an object included in content to be displayed in an activated region.
More specifically, patent FIGS. 19A and 19B may be a wristband-type wearable device. When the user views the flexible display device in which an application is executed during an exercise, the processor may change an appearance of an object included in an execution image of a running application according to a distance to the user.
For example, as shown in FIG. 19A, when a distance to a user is greater than a critical distance, the processor may generate a running application execution screen including a still image #1910 indicating that a running application is being executed.
On the contrary, when the distance to the user is smaller than the critical distance as shown in FIG. 19B, the processor may generate a running application execution screen including a moving picture #1920 showing that a character is running. Furthermore, the processor may control the number of objects included in a running application execution screen, such that information regarding a current speed of the user is also displayed.
Samsung filed their patent application in the U.S. back in Q4 2017. Considering that this is a patent application, the timing of such a product to market is unknown at this time.
Looking at the patent figure 12, it gives you the impression that the invention could be for a future Samsung smartphone that just happens to be able to deform into a band when it's convenient for the user. This type of smart chameleon smartphone would be a killer device if Samsung didn't just dream about it but actually delivered it to market in a timely manner.
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