On May 09, 2013, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Samsung revealing a possible future flexible HDTV display that consumers will be able to bend to a better viewing angle by simply using their remote controller. The range of flexibility will go far beyond that of a tradition HDTV on a stand.
Samsung's summary states that their invention includes a panel deformation member that is disposed on a rear surface of the flexible display panel and deforms the flexible display panel. It also includes a panel rotation unit that supports and rotates the flexible display panel.
According to Samsung, the remote controller related to the flexible display can adjust the images so that the images being output on the screen are not distorted by the bending of the flexible TV display panel.
The command input device illustrated in patent FIG. 10B noted as device #50 inputs commands of the rotation position and curvature change of the flexible display panel to the panel position and deformation control unit. A remote control may be used as the command input device 50.
The command input device or remote control can transmit a rotating angle, a portion that is going to be bent, a bending direction, and a bending degree of the flexible display panel to the panel position and deformation control unit using, for example, an infrared communication or a Bluetooth communication. Accordingly, the command input device is provided with menus, command keys or buttons, etc., for selecting a rotating angle, a portion that is going to be bent, a bending direction, and a bending degree of the flexible display panel.
Samsung filed their patent application under serial number 537228 back in Q2 2012. The patent was filed a year earlier in Korea. Considering that this is a patent application, the timing of such a product to market is unknown at this time.
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