Although the products, services or technologies described in either patent applications or awarded patents do not always become reality, we’re certainly interested in a new patent application filed by Motorola in mid June that was just published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and which describes an “electronic device and method with flexible display.”
What the company seems to be describing in this patent application is a smartwatch that would have a flexible display and a flexible chassis. No actual details are given about the product – after all this is a patent application written in patent language – but the image below is certainly telling.
Motorola and Google have been rumored to be working on smartwatches before, although neither company came out with a product. We’ve seen smartwatch-related patents from Google and Motorola in the recent past as well, but, again, no product was announced.
Currently, there are quite a few smartwatches in stores, from Sony, Samsung, Pebble and Qualcomm to name just a few. Before Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch was unveiled this fall, one patent application seemed to imply the device would have a flexible display.
Other companies including Apple and Microsoft are also rumored to be working on their own smartwatch designs.
As for mobile devices with flexible display, both LG and Samsung have launched their first smartphones featuring such screen technology, the G Flex and the Galaxy Round, respectively.
What do you want to see in future smartwatches?
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Pretty neat. I hope it has decent battery life as well as a reasonable price.
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Motorola could stand to invest in some better artists…
Haha! Perhaps their trying to be a vague as possible to sew more people
it looks like there is plastic or glass protection over the screen, and it looks like it can be changed with ease. or maybe it is the screen.who knows? but i also notice that the screen doesn’t cover the entire thing. maybe that means some sort of photovoltaic cell is also in there to help with charging.
me likes. as far as what i want to see in a smartphone. flexible screen is a must. an fm radio would be nice, seeing that it is so difficult for them to put one in a phone.. it needs to last for days. i want to be able to sling apps on it, or maybe be a remote to my phone. using my watch to start my car etc would be much better than having to use my phone. a decently loud speaker would be nice to use for alarms. a kick ass vibrator also. unlike the one i have in my x.
This is the perfect kind of device to integrate the crap out of Google Now’s knowledge engine, Android’s notifications and Motorola’s touchless controls. I can totally see something like that paired via BT to your Android phone. If only they could manage battery life to last several days.
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