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Samsung granted US patent for flying display device

Samsung filed for a patent for the flying display device in 2016. (Source: SlashGear)
Samsung filed for a patent for the flying display device in 2016. (Source: SlashGear)
South Korean tech giant Samsung has been granted a patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office for a flying display device. Illustrations of the device show it to look like a cross between a tablet and a quadcopter.

The ever-crowded tablet market requires new entrants to offer unique selling points: a higher-resolution screen, a huge amount of storage, faster processors, and the ability to fly. That latter USP may become a reality in the not too distant future. Samsung has been granted a patent for the “flying display device,” which looks a bit like a tablet-drone hybrid.

The applicant of the patent was Samsung Display, which is unsurprisingly the conglomerate’s department in charge of screen development. The department is likely busy putting the finishing touches to the screen for the Galaxy S9 but has still found time to ponder over the future of tablets.

The device claim states the structure comprises of: “a plurality of flight units connected to the display unit and includes a propeller which changes a thrust direction and an inclination angle of the display unit.” Available illustrations show the device looking somewhat like a quadcopter with a screen attached to it. Potential technology that could be involved includes automatic user tracking, voice recognition software and obstacle detection.

Possible applications for the flying display have not yet been determined, but such a device could be used for targeted advertising – that actually follows you around and talks to you. Slightly less irritating potential usage scenarios include using it as an interactive information device at busy transport hubs and for watching The Walking Dead in the bathroom without having to use your hands to hold the tablet.

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(Source: SlashGear)
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Daniel R Deakin, 2018-02-19 (Update: 2018-02-19)