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Tech & ScienceIBM patents smartwatch which unfolds into tablet

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

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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

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 .

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.

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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.

american tech giant IBM has patented a smartwatch with an unfolding display that allows the device to be used as a smartphone and a tablet . smartwatches are computerized wristwatches with functionality that goes beyond timekeeping. most have rechargeable batteries, graphical display, and

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.

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.

Recently, International Business Machines Corporation ( IBM ) patented a foldable smartwatch that can turn into a full-sized tablet ! As the diagram suggests, the smartwatch starts off as a single-display wearable that can be flipped into a four-panel smartphone further unfolding into a four-panel

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 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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