Samsung is one of the leading inventors and manufacturers of future flexible displays for smartphones and beyond. In our two-part report we cover how user interface behaviors will have to adapt to the new realities of these next generation displays. In part one of this report we focused on flexible display interfaces that will function on display in a roll-state. In Part two, we focus on tablets that have bendable zones. When a controller acknowledges that a user has bent their tablet display in a one of several zones, the user interface changes in nature automatically.
Dividing the Flex Display into a Main & Sub Screen
Samsung's invention relates generally to a display device and method, and more particularly, to a bendable display device including a display unit that is flexible by an external pressure on a display. Accordingly, an aspect of the present invention is to provide a display device including a flexible display unit bendable under external pressure, which provides various distinctive operations and display characteristics.
One aspect of Samsung's invention is to provide a control method and apparatus for, when a flexible display is bent, dividing the flexible display into a main screen and a sub screen, and outputting information through the main screen and the sub screen in a portable terminal.
In Samsung's patent FIG. 3A noted below, a system controller allots the sub screen as a bent region or zone of the flexible display and allots the main screen as the remnant region # 302 thereof. Therefore, when the bent region #301 of the flexible display is changed, the controller also changes the sub screen allotted as the bent region. In patent FIG. 3B the flex area or zone is at the bottom.
In Samsung's patent FIG. 5, we see that when a flexible touch screen displaying the output of a corresponding program as a background is bent, the controller loads information associated with the program unto sub screen 501.
We broke out patent FIG. 4 into two separate graphics so that we could enlarge them enough for you to distinguish them accordingly. The image above is a traditional flat tablet display. The other half of FIG. 4 below is tablet with a flexible display. When a flexible touch screen displaying icons is bent, the controller outputs the icons to an appropriate sub screen automatically.
Samsung filed their patent application under serial number 706285 back in Q1 2012 in the US and a year earlier in Korea. The US Patent Office published it earlier this month. Considering that this is a patent application, the timing of such a product to market is unknown at this time.
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Extra Note: Samsung's special event on June 20 revealed the Galaxy S4 Zoom. The design patent for that was first revealed in our May 07 report which fulfills that patent.
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