IBM Patents Technology That Can Turn A Watch Into A Tablet

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IBM Patents Technology That Can Turn A Watch Into A Tablet

The site stated that IBM smartwatch is similar to the existing ones in the market but with a stunning look. Notably, however, the display doesn't have much a bezel to speak of, which comes in handy when you want to unfold those extra displays into the watch's smartphone or tablet configurations.

According to a reveal by Boy Genius Report, a tech-based website, the said patent was filed three years ago and now LetsGoDigital, a Dutch tech news site has grabbed the chance to release the details of the smartwatch and its features. With everything tallied up, you've got a whopping 8 x 12-inch display mounted on your wrist, complete with yet another interface for its tablet configuration. The patent is titled "Variable display size for an electronic display device", and the application was originally filed in 2016. There are no edges on the body and it features a design that's unlike anything that has been seen so far.

That's because beneath the main screen, you'll find no less than seven other screen parts hidden from view (yes, you read that right, seven of them) - they all measure 2 x 3 inches and, by pulling them out, you'll create a 4 x 6 inch panel sitting on your wrist. The watch case offers space for four offices, each of which contains a maximum of two of the display.

When the device is opened up the UI changes accordingly to show larger icons and bigger images. Then you can nominate four more of the screen from the housing, they are located next to the first four parts, which gives you a very wide display.

When using a four-part screen, the device automatically switches from the "smart watch" in the smartphone mode. The display seams are minimal so that the content can be displayed continuously.

It is striking that the size is also mentioned in the description of the patent. Each of the aforementioned display parts has a size of 2x3 inches / 5-7.5cm, and that is also the size of this smartwatch's display.

The smartwatch by IBM could also come equipped with at least one speaker and is touted to work with a mouse and physical keyboard.

The IBM smartwatch, though outlandish isn't the first one from the brand. IBM even brought a smartwatch prototype back in 2000 that ran on the Linux OS a full four years before Android War OS was officially a thing, and well in advance of there being a robust market demand for smartwatches.

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