Samsung Files Patent For Smartwatches That Project Display on Hand


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Wearables are slowly becoming more and more popular, and not just among techies. A lot of companies have made a move into the smartwatch field, including Apple, Samsung and Motorola, among others, each with their specific design and set of features.

If you’re thinking of buying a wearable, there are some factors you need to consider, like how fashionable you want it to be, or how fitness-focused. Smartwatches are not just for telling the time or helping you make calls.

Even though it has been in the smart wearable market for some time, Samsung has yet to gain some ground. Therefore, the Korean company keeps on trying new ways to make smartwatches more tempting, including this latest rumor.

Samsung has reportedly filed for a curious patent that sounds more like something we would pay to see in a movie theater. According to the rumors, Samsung hopes to create a smartwatch that can project the displays in the tiny screens.

More than just being absolutely badass, this feature would help people who have any sort of visual handicap; reading the messages on the small watches can be a problem, and this patent could offer some much-needed assistance.

The next generation of Samsung wearables might already incorporate the new feature. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office said the patent will help the device identify “the shape of a user’s hand and then render a beam via tiny projector that will result in easier interface and larger controls.”

In addition to the improved user interface (UI), the next batch of Samsung wearables will also have a built-in camera which will aid in the detection of the other hand and its interactions with the projection.

The filed patent comes with a diagram showing that the new interface will provide a better-zoomed view of the display, as well as a larger dial pad.

If it becomes reality – a lot of patents never see the light of day, though – this feature will allow the smartwatch to project parts of the UI onto the back of the user’s palm.

Should the hand be used as a secondary display, users will be able to reply to text messages and emails a lot easier, but also play games and watch videos.
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