Samsung invents a connected watch with a roll-up screen


4 years ago the idea of ​​seeing a flexible screen mobile was still something we knew to be in the works, but it would take a few more years to arrive at the earliest. We are moving to 2021 and we have brands like Samsung the first to bet on the roll up panel concept as this 2014 announcement showed, it already has up to 3 iterations of models like the Galaxy Z Fold and the Galaxy Flip – this 2021 he presented the Fold3 and the Flip 3.

What’s the next logical step? Flexible screen TVs already exist, so there is a need to adapt this type of screen to other smart devices like tablets or smartwatches. And this is precisely what Samsung has done, because the Koreans they have already patented your first flexible connected watch.

Samsung foldable smart watch

June 2, 2021, Samsung Electronics has filed a patent with the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) for a “Electronic device comprising a roll-up screen and a method for displaying the same”. The 96-page documentation was released and released on December 9, 2021.

It’s about a Samsung Galaxy Watch with roll-up screen. In its most compact form, it is a full-size watch, with two semi-circular display sections. Samsung’s flexible watch screen is tactile. Between the two parts of the screen there is a narrow frame which allows to extend the roll-up screen. From the center, the screen area is enlarged. When fully unfolded, the screen area is approximately 40% larger than in the most compact position.

A smart watch screen that opens and closes

The user can “zoom in and out on the roll-up Samsung watch screen by pressing the small crown on the side of the watch caseIt is also possible to do a swipe gesture on the screen, after which the screen area is reduced / enlarged, as also shown in the illustrations of The patent.

In its enlarged position, “the user has an oval-shaped screen, which can of course display more content than in its most compact position “. You can choose to display one or both sections of the screen. This can also be set depending on the application. For example, the small screen part can display the controls and the large screen part can display the corresponding application.

The central frame also houses a camera. Optionally, several camera sensors can be integrated, as well as a flash. Photos and videos can be captured with this camera.

When will the Galaxy Watch be flexible?

This isn’t the world’s first smartwatch with a flexible screen, there’s the Nubia Alpha smartwatch for example, although this watch doesn’t have a roll-up screen, but instead uses a relatively long flexible screen. However, Samsung’s proprietary technology is clearly more advanced.

It is also a very detailed patent which covers not only the design but also various operating options. At the moment, it’s unclear if and when Samsung intends to release a rollable Galaxy Watch, but with the patent already filed, it looks like it will be a matter of time.

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