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New Microsoft Patent Showcases Dual Screen Mobile Devices With Camera on Each Screen

By Radu Iorga

Another day, another patent for a foldable device, or a dual display device appears online. This time it’s a Microsoft patent, that has to do with a dual screen mobile device, that has a camera on each screen.

This patent was registered back in June 2017 and it was published this month by the USPTO (US Patent and Trademark Office). It shows how Microsoft is exploring new formats for mobile computing. It’s not very clear if this is related to the Andromeda Project or not, but it may well be. This could easily end up as a laptop, since we don’t have any sort of measurements for the device.

This is clearly a dual screen device, each display with its own camera and it offers a dual screen dual camera setu. The two screens are set up in such a way that they allow “the first and second display devices to each simultaneously display image data captured by the second camera and image data received from a remote computing device”.

Microsoft did anticipate problems with video calls, particularly when there are multiple participants in them and a variety of positions. Multi screen mobile devices have trouble with calls in this way, so that’s why two cameras are needed, one on each side of the device. In order to solve this issue, this patent came up, including a housing that has a first part and a second part.

The first one includes the first screen and camera, the second one its own panel and camera. The cameras are reconfigurable for various actions. MS should be very careful where it places cameras, since I’ve seen phone makers who put the selfie camera at the bottom of the phone failing to get what the customer needs.

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Samsung Galaxy X Foldable Device Patent Shows a Hidden Second Screen

By Radu Iorga

Another day, another Samsung Galaxy X foldable device patent is here. We try to see what’s special below, but be advised that it’s nothing truly special, but rather a predictable approach. First of all, it all feels like a clamshell…

Once again the vertical format appears, making this feel like a clamshell and not the open book that Microsoft proposed with the Courier/ Surface Phone a while ago. The hidden display part will be placed into the “lower lip” of the phone, which is the lower area that’s left uncovered when the foldable closes up. Much like the secondary screen of the HTC U Ultra and LG V10 it will show notifications, useful info and shortcuts.

This time it’s placed at the bottom, meaning you don’t have to open the whole thing to see a piece of news or missed Facebook status. The folding part is also more vague now, without that special segmentation that let you clearly fold only a specific mid section of the body. Now the foldable area seems a tad bigger and better hidden.

The second screen may well become hidden once the foldable is closed. It can show small text or icons. The patent also proposes having two secondary hidden screens, one at the top and one at the bottom of the device (or on both sides in landscape mode). The new patent also talks about usage with a stylus, a new S-Pen. Biometric methods also pop out at some point.

If you look at how the device folds, it feels a bit like a wallet being folded, I’d say. There’s also some bad news, as WSJ has it on good authority that this limited edition foldable phone will be priced at around $1500.

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Samsung Galaxy X Foldable Device Gets Detailed in New Patent

By Radu Iorga

Samsung Galaxy X is getting closer and closer to the release date, rumored to be sometime around CES 2019. Before that happens we are treated to several more leaks of patents, like the latest one dating from July 5th. That’s the date when the latest patent has been granted.

It seems to showcase a vertical format a sort of narrow clamshell, that’s also longer than usual. Previously we saw devices being folded like books, on a horizontal axis. This time we get to see a smartphone that gets folded slightly, with the bottom portion making up 60% of the total. It will be left deactivated, so only the upper half will be operational.

This is done via a built in sensor that will detect when the smartphone is bent, but also the angle and speed at which that is done. Another extra sensor will be able to detect how an user is gripping the rear part of the smartphone, if they’re touching the rear or not for example. If they’re not, the screen returns to the flat format.

As far as functionality goes, the patents show that the top portion of the screen will be used to show relevant info when the device isn’t in use. This sounds like a second screen action, like we had on the HTC U Ultra or the curved sides of the Galaxy S7 Edge. If pressure is maintained, the bottom half of the display will be activated.

I see there’s a tendency of the two screens to work separately, according to this patent. Of course, this is just a patent and nothing should be taken for granted. CES 2019 is still the deadline and I certainly hope there will be no clamshell format. To be honest this feels like a compromise before they figure out the REAL foldables.

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Oppo Also Working on Foldable Smartphones Now; We Have Patents

By Radu Iorga

After Microsoft, Samsung and Huawei have been working on foldable phones for a while, patenting them and leaking them partially, Oppo joins the gang in glorious fashion. A couple of their patents have just come out and they mention foldables.

Oppo is already an innovative firm, having unveiled the Oppo Find X, with its sliding part and over the last couple of years coming up with inventions like VOOC fast charge and 5X optical zoom phone cameras. Oppo and sister company Vivo have been innovating a lot and Vivo for example inaugurated the in display fingerprint scanner technology.

Regarding the foldable smartphone thing, the device we see here ditches any sort of seam between screens. The two displays complete each other perfectly and make one unified shell at the back side, with no visible crease. The hinge is surprisingly discrete, according to the patent. A rotating mechanism is also proposed, according to a patent filed by Oppo with WIPO on March 22nd 208.

 

A “rotation mechanism and foldable mobile terminal” have been mentioned. Another patent for a hinge assembly also made it out. Oppo demanded an early publication of the patents from WIPO, so something is certainly brewing there. We also see a version like a pull out couch, with a pull out screen, which triples the viewing space. We actually get a triple display setup here.

A sort of clamshell also appears with an “airbag” mechanism and a very long portrait format. The airbag thing requires an elastic element installed within the sides of the phone. When the smartphone gets unfolded the trapped air will be moved, so that’s why the airbag approach happens. Seeing how Oppo has innovated lately, I wouldn’t be surprised if they come up with a commercial product before the year end.

Samsung Galaxy X and Microsoft Andromeda may be beaten before they even come out.

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New Apple Patent Involves Handwriting Recognition on the iPad

By Radu Iorga

It’s hard to believe that only now Apple is discovering a few basic technologies that have been available on rival products for a while now. For example a patent has just surfaced, detailing handwriting recognition technology for the Apple iPad.

If you remember, Apple actually had a handwriting recognition capable device before, the Newton. That one was available in the 1990s, but it was quickly canned by Steve Jobs. He disliked styli and also projects started by John Sculley even more. Fast forward a decade or two and we’ve got styli on the iPads, but no handwriting recognition. Well, that one is also coming, according to one of the new patents.

The new documents surfaced online and mention handwriting recognition via stylus or hand input. The patent was actually filed by Apple in USA last February and it’s pompously titled “Managing Real Time Handwriting Recognition”. The patent application has do with Chinese language first and foremost. It mentions real time stroke order and stroke direction independent handwriting recognition.

 

It also supports multi character or sentence level Chinese handwriting recognition. The application shows using the iPad to write in English or Chinese and also using the finger or stylus. This is merely a patent, so there are no guarantees, but it would make sense for Apple to implement that, in order to conquer the class rooms and meeting rooms even more.

I suspect that 2019 or 2020 iPad Pro will feature this technology.

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