With the recent release of its Flex and Flex 2 smartphones, LG has advanced the field of flexible devices. It seems that the Korean company is looking further down the line though, according to patent D0726,140 that was awarded to it by the United States Patent and Trademark office last week. This new patent shows a design for a foldable smartphone-watch mash-up.
As you can see from the images, the foldable smartphone is attached to the bracelet/band and wraps around it, conforming to the curve of the wearer’s wrist. There’s no mention of how it is attached to the bracelet/band, and obviously no mention of any possible specifications. Just because LG has been awarded a patent for the idea doesn’t mean it is anywhere near to becoming a reality. It’s an impossible concept with present capabilities, and LG filing for such a patent is simply LG protecting themselves for the future, when the technology for such a device might be possible. Still, it’s an intriguing concept and one that will be teased over and over again in the coming years I’m sure.