IBM patents smartwatch that can transform into a tablet
IBM has developed the concept of a foldable smartwatch that can be transformed into a phone or tablet as needed.
In June, one of the largest technology companies in the world received a patent for a resizing display for an electronic device. The application describes a new compact gadget on a bracelet that looks like a watch with a rectangular screen without bezels, but with a thicker case..
When assembled, seven additional display elements are stacked in pairs under the main display in special cells. IBM says users will be able to expand their visual display area from 1 to 2, 4 or 8 panels.
The second element simply increases the size of the clock screen. After expanding to four parts, the device automatically switches to smartphone mode with a different interface. When connecting the remaining displays (each 2×3 inches), the user gets a full-fledged tablet, 8×12 inches in size, which is slightly more than 20×30 cm.
It is not clear from the text of the patent how the configuration change will take place (manually, automatically or semi-automatically). There is also no description of use in tablet mode with a strap attached to the back, which may act as a stand..
The device can receive one or more speakers, and the ability to connect peripheral devices.
It is not yet known whether IBM plans to release a folding smartwatch or sell the technology to other companies..
Recall that Google decided to continue work on a contactless gadget control system.
text: Ilya Bauer, photo: Lets Go Digital