Qualcomm patents design for tri-screen mobile device

By Matthew · 42 replies
Mar 11, 2010
  1. A recent patent filing by Qualcomm reveals a quirky, though interesting device. While Apple and others are rushing to churn out tablets with one display, Qualcomm is creating a design that has many. The multi-fold tablet would have three touchscreens with a dynamic interface that changes depending on how you use the device.

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  2. theoscentral

    theoscentral TS Rookie Posts: 17

    Too many creases. More prone to break.
  3. jasonk1229

    jasonk1229 TS Rookie Posts: 58

    very cool concept I wonder how it will actually pan out
  4. alexandrionel

    alexandrionel TS Enthusiast Posts: 94

    I was thinking a few days ago how it would be to have a flexibile screen, something with a 1" diagonal that you can pull and extend it to 7". This seems really cool and something that can be done and not science fiction.
  5. Neojt

    Neojt TS Addict Posts: 223   +56

    if they can make is solid i think this is an amazing concept

    i really love the concept
  6. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 839   +29

    Looks like a really cool concept. Just have my doubts about its durability.
  7. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,718   +860

    Wow...that's pretty trippy! Definitely be interesting to see a full-blown working model.
  8. Fotis

    Fotis TS Rookie

    This is awesome! What a device! Hope it isn't expensive...It's the best netbook alternative...
  9. Norino

    Norino TS Rookie

    don't understand the need of another screen..
    let's see how it'll look like when it's finiished
  10. Timonius

    Timonius TS Evangelist Posts: 647   +58

    It's nice to see innovation for a change. I'm getting sick of all the 'tablet pc' copycating.
  11. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,286   +903

    Seems kind of cool, mostly the new gadget part. But from that to real day to day use...I don't see it.
  12. rajmond

    rajmond TS Rookie Posts: 45

    Seems a completely new concept!
  13. GACrabill

    GACrabill TS Enthusiast Posts: 49   +9

    I have dreamed of this concept for awhile ... though this implementation is much better than what I was thinking of ... very, very cool.
  14. flukeh

    flukeh TS Rookie Posts: 57

    This concept seems to boast more of novelty value then actual use. The screens would crack easily if held in a pocket or a bag. Another cool addition to this would be something of a solar panel on the top screen, so when you have it in like a notebook stance, you have the top screen bent over facing the sun, and that powers the device.
  15. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 997   +93

    That is by far one of the most interesting ideas I've seen lately. If they do release it lets hope they figure out a good way to reinforce the hinges.
  16. tengeta

    tengeta TS Enthusiast Posts: 612

    Looks interesting, but I guess I just don't do enough with my phone to get excited over things like this.
  17. kozman

    kozman TS Rookie

    Well sure looks interesting. The biggest issue to me with mobile tablets is durability. I want something I can drop or bounce around with out damaging the unit. I hope I live to see the day when you can roll them up or fold them up anyway you want.
  18. NSiddhu

    NSiddhu TS Rookie

    This looks like a more filmy device., but the novelty will surely stand to giv t more rep in the marker (atleast for sometime when introduced)., ppl , jus like me wud luv to see t in their hands.. Waiting for more news on it., But wat i feel abt qualcomm is they are reinventing the wheel ., after apple n other companies giving out best of the touchscreens., this is jus another complicated design of the predecessors., designs to win, need not be complex. . they need to be simple to stand the needs of people..
  19. rskapadia2294

    rskapadia2294 TS Rookie Posts: 102

    it looks like a futuristic device!it has more screens which implies that it is more prone to breakage and it must be handled delicately! but it is a good approach! i loved the concept!
    but the question is - do we need things like this? ( when a laptop can easily fulfill all our needs )
  20. Yoda8232

    Yoda8232 TS Rookie Posts: 145

    Sounds really really cool and state of the art, I'm wondering what the warranty would be on these things...all glass phone? LOL, an accident waiting to happen.
  21. yorro

    yorro TS Booster Posts: 251

    I don't see this being mobile just like that, portable yes but you walking around with that thing? no.
  22. zyodei

    zyodei TS Rookie Posts: 30

    I'd be worried about durability. It's an amazing concept, though...an idea that changes form and function based on physical configuration and/or environment. Hope they can pull this off...
  23. ToastOz

    ToastOz TS Rookie Posts: 59

    Good move to get a patent if you have a great idea but there is either no funding or no market for the product yet.
  24. ansarimikail

    ansarimikail TS Rookie Posts: 40

    Probably will be a decade before the "idea" comes to fruition.
  25. This is an interesting patent. The first independent claim is fairly specific, it might make it kind of hard to find prior art. Based on how the patent system works no one will look at this for at least 2 or 3 years.
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