【苹果申请可拉伸显示屏专利】

【苹果申请可拉伸显示屏专利】苹果公司于昨日正式通过了一项名为“内置柔性输入-输出组件的电子设备“专利,描述了一种内置传感器和力量反馈系统的柔性显示屏,其元件布置如有机发光二极管、导线材料和输入结构形成了网格状的互连路径,便于拉伸且不易断裂。公司指出,这项专利还将应用于智能服装、家具和车辆等领域。

Apple patents shape changing mesh display that could be used in everything from stretchable phones to smart clothes and furniture

By STACY LIBERATORE FOR DAILYMAIL.COM

New technology could transform your iPhone into an iPad.

Apple has published a patent describing a flexible input-output display made of a mesh-shaped stretchy material with integrated sensors and haptic feedback.

In addition to its own devices, the firm sees the technology being used for a range of applications, including smart clothing, smart windows, vehicles and furniture.

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The patent, titled 'Electronic Devices With Soft Input-Output Components' was filed in October 2016 and first spotted by Apple Insider.

To enhance the flexibility, the patent describes arranging components like OLEDs, conductive trace materials and input mechanism in a grid-like format.

And Apple has designed its own process that could bring the technology into the real world.

The firm would thin out or completely remove the underlying polymer substrate layer, which would leave a mesh-like structure covered with components.

Apple believes this specific arrangement is properly designed to handle deformations, like wrapping around a user's wrist without breaking in the process.

Moreover, sensors such as 'touch sensors, force sensors, temperature sensors, accelerometers, and other sensors, and vibrators or other devices for providing haptic feedback' could be added to the design, which would eliminate the need for top bezels.

Flexible devices are not a breakthrough, as Samsung revealed it was working on a phone that folds in two like a book.

Dubbed 'Foldable Valley', the device is expected to take advantage of bendy plastic screens being developed by Samsung's display division.

The South Korean tech giant has previously said it will launch foldable devices in 2016 and trusted rumor blog SamMobile reported that anonymous sources claim the device is currently being tested in China in 2015.

However, it is obvious that it was just hearsay - for now.

The source, who claimed to have in-depth knowledge of the device, said it is being developed under the codename Project Valley.

And they added that two versions of the phone are being tested - one with a Snapdragon 620 processor and another with a Snapdragon 820.

Elsewhere, the device is rumoured to have 3GB of RAM, a microSD card slot and a non-removable battery.

Samsung told MailOnline it doesn't comment on rumour or speculation.

Samsung has been teasing bendable screens for years and at CES in 2013 revealed a flexible Oled screen called Youm.

The firm said at the time it could make high-resolution screens on extremely thin plastic, instead of glass, so it could be bent without shattering.

However, a notebook style phone would need to bend at a very sharp angle and would need to withstand considerable wear and tear, leading some commentators to suggest the rumour should be taken with a pinch of salt.

In 2014, LG showed off a working 18-inch Ultra HD screen that uses a special film instead of plastic as backing.

This allowed the screen to be rolled into a tight tube for transport. At the time, the company said it could make its debut in 2017.

In May 2016, it debuted a a concept ultra thin 'wallpaper TV' less than 1mm thick, and at four lbs (1.9kg) it is so light it can be attached to the wall using just magnets.

At IFA, a demonstration showed an LG employee pulling the screen away from the wall and bending it, to prove it carries on working.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4209372/Apple-patents-stretchable-phone-display.html


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