According to some intriguing patents that were obtained, Samsung may be aiming to release a wristwatch with a rollable display. The patents suggest the Galaxy Watch developers are working on its new wearable form.
The patent in question, which was filed on June 2, 2021, and published on December 9, 2021, was discovered through the World Intellectual Property Organization. The documents were for an ‘Electronic device with rollable display and display method for it,’ according to the filings.
A watch with semi-circular touchscreen displays and a frame that lies in between the two screens is described in the patent and supporting images. You can then swipe the screen to its larger size by pressing the physical button on the side of the cover.
The patent mentions allowing users to roll out one or both screens, as well as the ability to attach distinct functionality and programs to each screen. As a result, one side of the screen displays the time and weather, while the other allows you to activate the camera.
The housing of a camera that lies in the center frame between the screens is capable of collecting images and film, an next intriguing point. Since the Galaxy Gear debut in 2013, we haven’t seen a Samsung smartwatch with a camera. As always, we have to keep in mind that this is a patent, and patents are filed and published on a regular basis at all large, inventive companies. Some become a reality, while others remain a pipe dream or are simply impossible to implement.
Samsung has previously demonstrated its design prowess by introducing foldable displays to its smartphones. In 2017, the company also released the Gear S smartwatch, which had a curved AMOLED screen. Other smartwatch manufacturers have also gotten inventive with wearable form designs, with ZTE’s crazy Nubia Watch and its wraparound screen being one that comes to mind.
Many tech fanatics have rolled their eyes at this new patent, going as far as calling it “ridiculous.” Their point being that it is unnecessary. But many non-Apple users are actually thrilled about the possibility of getting something new. It wouldn’t surprise anyone if Samsung tried to turn the tables with the design of its smartwatches.
We’re all for something that looks a little different from the Apple, Fitbit, Huawei, and the Wear OS smartwatches of the world, as long as it still delivers a solid experience from the wrist.
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