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07:35  10 july  2019
07:35  10 july  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

This is the craziest smartwatch design you’ve ever seen, and it’s not from Apple or Samsung

This is the craziest smartwatch design you’ve ever seen, and it’s not from Apple or Samsung The watch display expands to become a smartphone on your wrist -- and expands again, if needed, to the size of a tablet strapped to your wrist -- was that it looks like something out of a sci-fi movie. Also, that this device must surely be at least as fragile as Samsung’s once-easily breakable Galaxy Fold. At any rate, IBM’s newly issued patent for this multi-function smartwatch is nothing if not ambitious.

IBM has received a patent for a smartwatch which unfolds into a smartphone and then can be further extended into a tablet . As one the largest technology companies in the world, IBM has received more US patents than any other company each year for the last 26 years

The patent titled ‘Variable display size for an electronic display device’ was submitted by IBM back in 2016 and has been published by the USPTO on 11 June 2019. The patent talks about an interesting concept where a smartwatch can be unfolded into a smartphone and further into a full-size tablet .

IBM patents smartwatch which unfolds into tablet © Getty IBM has patented a watch which unfolds into a tablet. Pic: LetsGoDigital IBM has received a patent for a smartwatch which unfolds into a smartphone and then can be further extended into a tablet.

As one the largest technology companies in the world, IBM has received more US patents than any other company each year for the last 26 years, although these don't always enter production.

The smartwatch-to-tablet patent, which was awarded on 11 June, builds on the record 9,100 patents which IBM received in 2018.

Its single-panel smart watch can unfold into a four-panel smartphone, and from there into an eight-panel tablet, with extra screens all housed beneath the smartwatch screen.

IBM patents smartwatch which unfolds into tablet

IBM patents smartwatch which unfolds into tablet IBM has received a patent for a smartwatch which unfolds into a smartphone and then can be further extended into a tablet. As one the largest technology companies in the world, IBM has received more US patents than any other company each year for the last 26 years, although these don't always enter production. The smartwatch-to-tablet patent, which was awarded on 11 June, builds on the record 9,100 patents which IBM received in 2018.

IBM has filed a patent for a wearable that can be a smartwatch , a smartphone, and a tablet with a display that stacks away when not needed. Rather than being one continuous display, the IBM patent outlines a device that uses display tiles that stack into a smartwatch on the wrist and can be

IBM — the world’s largest tech patent holder and one of the most advanced innovation laboratories in the planet — heard some of you like foldable phones and asked someone to If it were some other company I would probably just laugh about this crazy contraption, but we are talking about Big Blue .

Dutch technology website LetsGoDigital has produced images of the device based on the blueprints in IBM's patent filing.

In its simplest form, the patent - which was filed in 2016 - is for an electronic display device which has extendable additional displays in a storage compartment.

IBM patents smartwatch which unfolds into tablet © Getty Huawei's Mate X (left) and Samsung's Galaxy fold (right)

It is effectively a smartwatch which can be unfolded into a smartphone, and again into a tablet, one-upping Samsung and Huawei's foldable smartphone ideas.

However, unlike the devices from those manufacturers, there is no suggestion that IBM will be rushing to market with its new device.

Samsung has delayed the release of its new Galaxy Fold smartphone after reviewers experienced breakages within days of receiving the device.

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Today, it is IBM ’s turn to show us another unusual device – a smartwatch with multiple displays that can unfold into a phone or a tablet . The patent says the electronic device is designed to operate in one or more display configurations with varying screen sizes. In the default mode, it is a smartwatch

A new patent reveals IBM ’s plans for a smartwatch that transforms to become a smartphone or tablet . At a time when smartphone companies are experimenting with foldable displays that will turn smartphones into tablets and tablets into laptops (or a phone that turns into a scroll)

A new date is expected to be announced at an event in August.

Huawei, Samsung and LG have unveiled new foldable phones in recent months, with the Chinese and Korean companies clearly anticipating significant consumer interest in the kit.

It's more than a decade since the debut iPhone all but killed the flip phone but even though they seem to be on their way back into style, Apple has yet to join the foldable competition.

And these new-look phones don't come cheap.

Samsung, who took the first leap in revealing its design last week, will charge an eye-watering £1,500 for its Galaxy Fold.

But Huawei's new Mate X ramps up the price to €2,299 (£1,996), while LG's dual-screen phone the V50 is retailing for only $1,060 (£800) although it is much more like a flip phone that a true foldable device.

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