A little over a year ago we covered a Samsung patent application that related to a killer smartphone with a dual display form factor. It's a design they've been working on since 2009 if not earlier, as have others in the industry. Such designs would appeal to multitaskers, ebook readers and for those who like to play a lot of video games, watch a lot of movies or who just enjoy having a larger display to surf the net with. The snags associated with this kind of product coming to market are twofold. Firstly, the dual displays in this kind of smartphone have to be thin enough so as to not appear bulky or heavy. Secondly, the spine hinge of such a device has to be just right so that the book-like device could open and close smoothly at all times. A new Samsung patent published by the US Patent and Trademark Office recently, once again illustrates that they're still hard at work at advancing this all-important hinge.
Samsung's latest hinge invention could apply to a wide range of portable devices including but not limited to a cellular phone, a notebook computer, a smart phone, a PDA, a game machine or the like, and more particularly to a gear hinge device that provides two parallel hinge axes for opening and closing opposed portions of a folder type portable apparatus by rotation about two parallel axes.
Samsung's invention is intended to provide a stable opening/closing movement (a smooth opening/closing movement) of a dual-axis hinge device that is inexpensive to manufacture and implement.
Samsung filed their patent application back in Q4 2012 in the US and one year earlier in Korea. For those wishing to further investigate Samsung's invention, see patent application 20130152342. Considering that this is a patent application, the timing of such a product to market is unknown at this time.
Company's patent application 123 was originally filed in Q1 2011. It should be noted that our patent report is based on Company's "Detailed Description" segment of their patent filing and not on patent claims.
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