Friday, 23 August, 2019

IBM patents a smartwatch that becomes a phone and a tablet

IBM patents a smartwatch that becomes a phone and a tablet IBM has reportedly patented a smartwatch that can turn into a smartphone and tablet
Emmett Howard | 10 July, 2019, 17:41

Amidst rumours of a possible rollable phone from Sony, one of the biggest names in the technology world, IBM, has patented what appears to be a smartwatch that can turn into a smartphone and a tablet.

Once you want to make this smartwatch into a smartphone, or a tablet, you can take out those auxiliary parts, and form a smartphone.

Titled 'Variable display size for an electronic display device, ' this IBM patent focuses on smart wristwatches with a massive and nearly bezel-less display - rectangular in shape and resemblant of a miniature smartphone screen. The concept wearable device folds out into the said mobile gadgets.

The patent is titled Variable Display Size For An Electronic Display Device. Until June 11, 2019 patent was approved and published in the database of the USPTO (patent and trademark office). To better understand the patented product, LetsGoDigital has developed a series of 3D renders.

IBM is looking at a device with a flexible display.

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In its most compact form, the user has an apparently normal watch on his wrist, although the watch case is slightly thicker than normal. In this mode, the remaining four panels remain stacked and stored. These displays can be removed from the housing independently from each other.

When using a four-part screen, the device automatically switches from the "smart watch" in the smartphone mode. The illustrations give us a glimpse of what could be the smartwatch-smartphone-tablet from IBM.

The displays will have no bezels so you can have a square big display when unfolded all the displays. Display seams are minimal, so the content can be displayed continuously. The screen tiles stack under each other in smartwatch configuration.

Unfortunately, from the description of the patent it is unclear whether the extension manually, semi-automatically or fully automatically. All eight measure 2 x 3 inches each. However, the schematics show that the device will come with smartphone-grade hardware so there should also be a speaker and most likely Bluetooth support for external peripherals. IBM even brought a smartwatch prototype back in 2000 that ran on the Linux OS a full four years before Android War OS was officially a thing, and well in advance of there being a robust market demand for smartwatches.

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