High-tech companies are constantly workingon the creation of smartphones in an unusual form factor. The leader in the development of original innovative devices is the South Korean Samsung, which has already released models with a flexible screen Samsung Galaxy Z Flip and Galaxy Z Fold 2.
However, flexible screen can be used not onlyin folding devices. Xiaomi on the Mi Mix Alpha with Surround Display demonstrated the possibility of creating a "circular" screen covering the rear and front panels. Samsung developers, meanwhile, have already registered a patent for a smartphone with a screen that captures the front, back surfaces and edges of the device. 3D designer Giuseppe Spinelli LetsGoDigital, created a video renderer of a slider smartphone, in which cameras appear when two halves of the gadget are displaced.
Samsung patent that got a simple nameThe "electronic device" was filed with the USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) in the summer of 2020 and was published at the end of October and included in the worldwide patented technology database.
The patent is 70 pages long and describesdevice completely covered with screens. Both side screens of the smartphone are rounded. The body of the smartphone is made of translucent acrylic or other polymer material and is placed over the display, protecting it. The hardware is located under the displays and remains invisible to users.
Transparent body will allow smartphone sensorsanalyze the environment and adapt the device to specific weather conditions. For this, graphic elements are used that display, for example, drops flowing down the body, while it is raining outside. Also, the device will be able to monitor the user's health or the training process.
Scanning the environment can transformsmartphone in a chameleon disappearing against the background of the environment. The use of artificial intelligence will track owner behavior and create customized custom templates. For example, the weather forecast will be displayed on the screen at the same time or in the same place.
The smartphone will also independently recognizewhich side it lies on the surface and which of the two displays should be activated. In this case, additional information will be displayed on the second display, for example, the date of the file creation, its size, name and other data.
There are no visible buttons, sensors in the drawings of the patentor sensors, which implies their placement under the screen, including the power button, for which a piezoelectric film sensor is used. The future will show how economically profitable it will be to produce such a smartphone and how much it can cost.