IBM – the world's largest technology patent holder and one of the most advanced innovation laboratories in the world – heard some of you like folding phones and asked someone to keep their beer while inventing this folding smartwatch that can switch from clock to phone full tablet.
If it were any other company, I'd probably just laugh at this crazy contraption, but we're talking about Big Blue. These people do not laugh around. Although Apple and Google get all the headlines, IBM has been at the forefront of computer technology since the 50s, from the dominant mainframes from the 60's to the first successful AI to the first commercial quantum computer. The company is responsible for some of the most advanced innovations in history, and it seems that they do not stop thinking outside the box.
But This patent published by the US Patent and Trademark Office on June 1
The patent, entitled Variable display size for an electronic display device, describes a bracelet device that resembles a watch.
Under the clock, seven additional screens are stored in rooms. While Lets Go Digital says the patent does not clearly describe how the deployment or assembly process works, IBM claims that users will be able to expand the display area from one to two to four to eight panels.
Eight panels, each 3 x 2 inches. It is 12 x 8 inches at its maximum size. At that time, your smartwatch is a tablet. Or a shield to defend yourself. Whatever works.
Can IBM pull such a device out of its magic hat? Probably. But – given their current focus on counseling, artificial intelligence and quantum computing – I can't see them releasing a consumer product like this. And the Chinese will do it first, anyway.