Today the US Patent Office granted Samsung 39 design patents covering everything from washing machines through to keyboards, displays and printers. Today's Samsung report focuses in on those designs that stood out from the pack which include an in-vehicle dashboard cluster and a series of new tablet GUI's covering both spiral and 3D-like designs. And lastly, Samsung was granted a design patent for a smartphone that introduces us to two mystery backside elements without a clue as to their purpose.
Unlike "patent applications," design patents published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office don't reveal pertinent information about a particular design. We can look at the design and appreciate it for what it projects, but we'll never discover which materials may be used to construct the design. We'll never know what unique internal components may be hidden within the device or learn about any unique features that we could look forward to. All we get is the simple visual of what could be coming down the pipeline.
Late last year Korea's ET News reported that the next-generation Tizen OS led by Samsung Electronics and Intel will also be developed as an automobile platform. It was confirmed that the Tizen alliance is cooperating with major auto makers, such as Toyota, Jaguar and Landover.
Today, the US Patent Office granted Samsung a design patent that covers a new in-vehicle cluster as illustrated in patent figure 8 below as a dashboard component/display that could contain a digital speedometer and other important gauges. In Samsung's patent FIG. 9 we're able to see a perspective view illustrating the present cluster with a rear cover open. No other details were available to shed light on the new in-vehicle cluster. Other design components illustrated in FIG. 8 could come to light in future Samsung design patents.
Smartphone with Two Unknown Backside Features
There's been a lot of talk about Samsung adopting a fingerprint scanner for their upcoming Galaxy S5. Curiously a new design patent granted to Samsung today presents with two new smartphone backside features for a future smartphone. Could the one on the top right side be a scanner? If you think you know what that feature would be for, send in your comments. .
Spiral & Other User Interface Concepts
Samsung was first granted a design patent for a spiral interface for tablets back in July 2013. Today, Samsung was granted another tablet UI design patent for a spiral interface concept or feature.
This could very well be new user interface feature for a future Galaxy tablet to go along with other user interface features that came to light yesterday.
On the surface, it would appear that 2014 is going to be the year Samsung steps up its game in software and user interface designs in particular. Samsung is likely to showcase devices powered by Tizen OS at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona late next month.
Below are more examples of the user interface design concepts that were granted to Samsung today. In total there were 13 user interface designs granted to Samsung today and below are four more designs that illustrate another spiral related UI along with three 3D-like user interface ideas including a bookshelf concept that's very close to Apple's iBooks shelving.
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