IBM patents smartwatch that folds out into a smartphone and tablet – Designboom

IBM patents smartwatch that folds out into a smartphone and tablet – Designboom
10 Jul
9:36

american tech giant IBM has patented a smartwatch with an unfolding display that allows the device to be used as a smartphone and a tablet. as detailed in the patent, which was filed back in 2016, the wearable device features a total of eight unfolding displays, each one measuring 2 x 3 inches.

IBM smartwatch patent renderings in it's smartphone and tablet configuration

images via letsgodigital unless stated otherwise

in the standard configuration the smartwatch uses only one of these displays while the rest are stored in a small compartment inside the device. if the user wants a larger screen size they can slide parts out of the housing to give an extra wide display.

IBM smartwatch patent renderings in it's smartphone and tablet configuration

IBM originally filed the patent back in 2016 under the name ‘variable display size for an electronic display device’. the patent has since been approved on 11 june 2019 and published in the USPTO (united states patent and trademark office) database.

IBM patent for folding smartwatch filed in 2016

illustration © IBM

when all 8 display parts have been extended, the phone switches to tablet mode, requiring operation with two hands. the display seams appear as minimal, so that the content can be displayed continuously.

IBM smartwatch patent renderings in it's smartphone and tablet configuration

the patent doesn’t describe exactly how this will work but thanks to letsgodigital, we have one idea of how the foldable smartwatch might look like if IBM chooses to develop it to completion. the dutch tech news site has created a series of 3D renderings based on the information in this patent.

IBM smartwatch patent renderings in it's smartphone and tablet configuration

IBM smartwatch patent renderings in it's smartphone and tablet configuration

project info

company: IBM

type: smartwatch

status: patent

kieron marchese I designboom

jul 10, 2019

Source: https://www.designboom.com/technology/ibm-folding-smartwatch-patent-07-10-2019/

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