Each panel measures 3-inches by 2-inches; completely unfolded the device creates a single tablet-sized screen measuring 12-inches by 8-inches.
The patent is titled Variable Display Size For An Electronic Display Device.
But Big Blue, according to stuff spied by Lets Go Digital, has a patent for a smartwatch that can fold out into a wrist-mounted tablet, because, er, well we have no idea really; maybe some engineer at IBM watched too much Inspector Gadget and low-budget sci-fi as a kid.More news: Spurs still confident they’ll finalize deal with Marcus Morris
There are four compartments to the device in smartwatch mode with each of the compartments storing a pair of screen tiles. So, for example, you can create a smartphone out of four parts, and the watch will automatically switch to a smartphone mode. It's not clear if this is some sort of automated mechanized action or if they are moved manually.
It is striking that dimensions are also mentioned in the patent description. Personally, I think that last is a bug, it looks like the display is 8×6 inches (4 times wider and twice more than 1 part of the display), but that aside.
Unfortunately, the patent does not delve deeper into the user experience. As a result, demand continues to exist; how do you put down a device as big as a tablet, but with a watchband on the back? It is possible that the watchband is designed in such a way that it can also serve as a stand for those moments when you use the device in tablet mode.More news: Tokyo stocks close slightly lower ahead of Fed chief testimony
The device will also feature a couple of speakers and will most likely have the ability be be connected to other peripheral devices, such as a keyboard and a mouse. IBM is widely known in the tech community as very aggressive when it comes to patents. It was three years before the smartwatch market has gained momentum, and even four years before the release of Android Wear OS.
The smartwatch from IBM was equipped with 8 MB of memory, an accelerometer, and a vibration mechanism. He believes that in a span of just 5-years, wearables will take over the smartphone market giving rise to devices we have never ever thought possible. The Linux Watch was later renamed IBM WatchPad and received a touch display, calendar software, and Bluetooth support. Finally, computer technologies are an important part of such electronic devices.More news: Solskjaer confident De Gea will sign new Man United contract