Flexible displays allow for some unique use cases due to their inherent design and functionality. This week we examine two such unique use cases disclosed in recent patent applications for flexible displays.

U.S. Publication No. 20200241713 assigned to Samsung and titled, “User Terminal Device and Displaying Method Thereof”, discloses a design where two display regions divided by the folding line are unequal in surface area with the second display larger than the first display. This unique design exposes a region of the second display while the device is folded. Further, the device includes a sensor to detect and allow user interaction with the exposed region of the device.

US Publication No. 20200241713 assigned to Samsung

While the above publication focuses on exposing a part of the display region for user interaction while in a folded state, U.S. Publication No. 20200241827 assigned to Dell and titled, “Portable Information Handling System Hinge Display” discloses a flexible display wrapped around a cylindrical hinge and used as a secondary display in a laptop. The design allows Dell to integrate a secondary display providing functionality similar to that of a Touch Bar on Apple’s Macbook Pro, without needing additional space. Further, this design also allows a user to interact with the device when it is in a folded state.

US Publication No. 20200241827 assigned to Dell