Late last month a new LG patent application was published by the US Patent & Trademark Office revealing that 3D elements and cool LED lighting could be coming to future LG's smartphones. LG's patent FIGS. 9A and 9B noted in our cover graphic illustrate states of a stereoscopic cover portion mounted to a smartphone. As shown in FIG. 9A, the stereoscopic cover portion provides only a stereoscopic effect in the state in which an LED is turned off. However, as shown in FIG. 9B, the stereoscopic cover portion can provide not only the stereoscopic effect but also unique illumination in the state in which the LED is turned on.
Apple Inc. has had their logo illuminated on the backside of MacBooks for years but never carried that idea through to their iPhone. Now LG is thinking of illuminating their logo on the backside of their future smartphones and adding a 3D effect as well.
In LG's patent FIGS. 10A and 10B noted below, we're able to see states of a stereoscopic cover portion mounted to rear side of an LG smartphone. As shown in FIG. 10A, the stereoscopic cover portion provides only a stereoscopic effect in the state in which an optic fiber (250) is turned off. However, as shown in FIG. 10B, the stereoscopic cover portion can provide not only the stereoscopic effect but also unique illumination in the state in which the optic fiber (250) is turned on.
LG's patent application was originally filed in Q3 2012 in the US and in 2011 in Korea. If you want to learn more about LG's patent filing and explore details on features that we didn't cover, review LG's invention.
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