RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK â€“ IBM, annually the global leaders in patents, could be turning your smartwatch into a tablet computer.
So smartwatches that already can monitor your health might someday help you log in to Facebook or catch up on your work as you take a stroll or ride in an Uber?
â€śThis is by far the most outlandish smartwatch design ever and itâ€™s not from Apple,â€ť declares The Asian Age.
According to tech website LetsGoDigital, Big Blue has earned intellectual property protection for a â€śvariable displace size for an electronic display device.â€ť
The patent was published in June and came to light on Monday.
LetsGoDigital published several different images that show how Big Blueâ€™s could work.
The smartwatch includes as many as eight panels that unfold into a screen that runs 12 inches by 8 inches from a starting point of 3 inches by 2 inches, according to UK tech news site The Inquirer.
â€ś[T]hatâ€™s a reasonably big tablet to hold in two hands let alone have strapped to your wrist,â€ť the Inquirer notes.
View more images at LetsGoDigital.