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- Dec 30, 2010
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Samsung has a couple of new patents that are both intriguing and unsurprising. They just patented foldable displays, which is no surprise, since they are at the forefront of flexible display tech development. The only surprising thing regarding this patent is that they filed one for a foldable LCD as well as an OLED. The circuit board for the LCD is at the outside of each half of the design.
The other patent Samsung is securing is for near-invisible virtual buttons. Here's a quote with a description of this patent,
These are active areas situated near the edge of a touchscreen, which can command the camera app, for instance. The so-called "sensor pads" can apparently be mapped to different functions, too, so imagine a back button that is constantly under the tip of your thumb on the side of the phone, without taking physical space below the screen, or a shutter button that doesn't take away from the scene framing.
It looks like Samsung still has some innovative ideas to try out. What do you folks think?