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?