Samsung has filed a patent for a flexible display that outlines how the future technology will work in smartphone devices.
The South Korean company has reportedly been working on flexible displays for quite some time, but this new patent explains how the technology functions.
Able to detect the various ways users bend the screen, including the folding angle or curvature, the flexible display will automatically adjust the image so it is presented accurately, despite the positioning of the screen.
The patent also reveals that the flexible display can be bent to zoom in and out on content. Similar to pinch zooming functionality offered by current smartphones, users could be able to concavely or convexly bend the screen to adjust the zoom levels.
The flexible display is built in a four layer design that has a multi-touch screen on top and a “bending detection port” at the bottom. Flexible enough to be rolled, the screen will apparently still be able to display an image and accept multi-touch inputs from users.
Samsung’s flexible display patent also included one for an eBook page turning effect that casts a shadow over the text on the page behind the one being turned over.
The flexible display technology could therefore be implemented in a Samsung eBook, flexible enough to resemble and act like a paperback novel.
Rumours have already suggested that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will feature a flexible OLED display that is “unbreakable”, “thinner and lighter than the conventional glass substrate type OLED.”
Tipped to play host to a screen at least 5.9-inches in size, the flexible plastic OLED display could shave off 1mm in depth and 50g in weight off the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
LG has also said it will be delivering an LG flexible display OLED screen smartphone by the end of the year. Mentioned during the South Korean company’s earnings call last month, Vice President of LG Mobile Yoon Bu-hyun said the company is working with LG Display to produce a flexible OLED screen smartphone by Q4 2013.
Until that happens, you’ll have to content yourself with Samsung’s flagship 5-inch Super AMOLED Samsung Galaxy S4 screen.
Via: Android Authority