Samsung’s Devices Are Not Only Getting “Foldier” But Also Getting Bendier
Parvati Misra - Apr 17, 2019
Samsung’s Galaxy Fold might be the stepping stone for the upcoming smartwatch that also shares the foldable display technology.
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It seems that Samsung has multiple plans for its foldable display technology to build another unique smartwatch. The colossal tech company has led the pioneer to these bendable devices, first of, with the official release of the Galaxy Fold on the Unpacked event on the 20th of February. This is an impressive feat made by Samsung.
It is rather a surprise when Samsung is heading its technology toward the device lines of the Galaxy Watch series. Currently, smartwatches are most likely formed by the shape of the original analog watches along with the only difference of the OLED display rather than the conventional watch face. However, things might change when Samsung presented their ideas of using the whole OLED screen to build a flexible watch face that acts as both the wristband and the display screen.
The fundamental of this new concept is the magneto-rheological (MR) or electro-rheological (ER) fluid. These materials both possess distinctive properties that could make them soften or harden whenever they are placed near a magnetic or electrical field. The idea is the basis for Samsung’s upcoming smartwatch, which has the ability to wrap around your arm and act like a watch or flatten out entirely into a smartphone-like handset.
According to Samsung, the stiffness of the device could be varied. The stiffness flexible display can be worn as a watch when the user wants to view the device in a wide form, the user can alter the device stiffness, unroll the screen, and again increase the stiffness so that the device stays flattened.
The announcement of this “rollable” device was not the first. In the past, during Samsung’s developer conference in November 2018, the giant company has introduced a similar timeline for its new display technology and then arranged a new concept that was planned to come after the debut of the Galaxy Fold.
There was another patent, which was spotted last month illustrating an innovative wristwatch that can bend into a flat display. The illustration was first filed in 2013 and had its permission granted later in March. The filings were not as detailed as the aforementioned documents, however, both show remarkably identical wristbands.
Samsung could still be in the progress of renovating the phablet, however, the next thing that might they might do could be turning the Galaxy Watch into something that is taken straight out sci-fi movies.