With the popularity of flexible screens, more and more manufacturers are considering the introduction of folding screen smart machines, one of the Japanese brands of Sharp is no exception. In March, Dutch technology blog LetsGoDigital reported on a patent for Sharp’s flip-flop-folding-screen smartphone. The following month, the prototype was unveiled at a trade fair in Japan. But six new patents recently revealed show that Sharp is still exploring more applications based on flexible screens.
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Sharp shows a variety of form of collapsible flexible screen devices, let’s introduce one by one. The first is the patent for a new folding screen smartphone submitted by Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha to the Japan Patent Office (JPO).
Like the prototype, which was unveiled earlier this year, it has a flip-flop design with an ultra-narrow screen frame, but is more diverse in form.
It is worth mentioning that the new patent also eliminated the Liu Hai gap, to achieve a truly comprehensive screen. For the convenience of everyone, Sharp even overlays color rendering notes in this area.
The patent document states that this portable information terminal features a flexible display with multiple slot-type hinge mechanisms on the thin plate for easy folding.
The hinges used in the current prototype are somewhat wide and have a large number of deep grooves to enhance flexibility, but it is not clear what the camera part of the new patent will handle.
Samsung’s next-generation Galaxy folding screen smartphone may be equipped with a hidden underscreen camera, sources said. It is not known whether Sharp is ready.
Sharp also applied for another folding patent from the Japanese Patent Office (JPO), which has a slim, bendable touch screen. The screen frame is still ultra-thin, but the transceiver assembly in the middle of the top is somewhat noticeable.
The accompanying color illustration shows another fill design with no receiver component scented outside that is visible to the naked eye. As for whether it was moved between the screen and the border, or hidden completely under the screen, it is not mentioned in the file.
In addition to smartphones, flexible screens can be used in other areas, such as reel-style TV screens. But Sharp also envisions the possibility of using it for collapsible payment terminals. Enhance your customers’ experience with a design that fits easily into your pocket.
The device is capable of inserting a credit card at the top, and the screen section supports electronic money collection — accepting password/signature entry, or even contactless card reading (apparently NFC near-field communication), the patent file says.
Interestingly, Sharp also involved a bracelet device with a flexible screen. Users can wear it on their wrists to display information about current inventory, orders, and more.
The patent note reads: This data input/output terminal has an arc touch display that can be used for business and ordering operations to facilitate the work of the clerk’s hands.
This bracelet is not equipped with a buckle, but has a small hole at the bottom that can be pulled apart, and the overall weight is well balanced.
Finally, two folding-screen-based gaming devices, in addition to a series of sketches, Sharp also showed color feature rendering. The paper reads: This folding screen computing device has virtual touch buttons and related features similar to the game console on the left and right sides.
In fact, although Sharp doesnot often dabble in gaming, it has not given up on patent applications in this area. From the picture, it is particularly slender and has square or rounded sides. During the game, the user can bend the inner screen appropriately to improve the comfortable angle of view.
To sum up, Sharp is still self-reliant in expanding the application of flexible screens, so that they are better in the commercial and consumer sectors.