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Researchers Submit Patent Application, "Display Device for Network Pairing and Network Pairing Method", for Approval

July 30, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Electronics Newsweekly -- From Washington, D.C., VerticalNews journalists report that a patent application by the inventors PARK, Sung-Jin (Seoul, KR); KANG, Seong-Woon (Suwon-si, KR); KIM, Young-Woong (Seoul, KR); LEE, Kyu-Suk (Suwon-si, KR); LEE, Jong-In (Suwon-si, KR); CHA, Kyung-Hoon (Yongin-si, KR), filed on January 9, 2014, was made available online on July 17, 2014.

The patent's assignee is Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "There have been various technological attempts to develop flexible display devices. Owing to the increased level of technological completeness and productivity of flexible display devices, flexible display devices have recently been commercialized. Since the flexible display devices are bendable or foldable like paper, the flexible display devices are freely transformed and thus readily carried by a user, without occupying much space. Accordingly, the flexible display devices attract much interest due to their enhanced portability. Efforts have been expended toward applying a self-light emitting technology such as Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) to portable phones or information terminals. Further, e-paper feeling like paper has become commercialized as an e-paper reader. Techniques to implement this e-paper into a flexible form are also under development.

"A flexible display device bendable like paper is fabricated by mounting an ultra-thin circuit on a device and combining a bendable circuit material with an image display material.

"To exchange information between a plurality of portable devices, a recent trend is that the locations of the portable devices are detected and indicated to a server and the server connects a portable device to its nearest portable device and thus enables data sharing between the connected portable devices.

"Previously, a flexible display device needs to perform a complex connection setup procedure, for data sharing between a plurality of flexible display devices, as described above.

"In this context, there is a need for developing a method for facilitating setup of a connection between flexible display devices by detecting a clear connection intent based on paper-like features of the flexible display devices.

"Moreover, due to different shapes or usages of devices such as smart phones, to which the flexible display devices are applied, an existing data sharing scheme is not viable for the flexible display devices and interaction for data sharing needs to be implemented in a manner suitable for the flexible display devices.

"The above information is presented as background information only to assist with an understanding of the present disclosure. No determination has been made, and no assertion is made, as to whether any of the above might be applicable as prior art with regard to the present disclosure."

As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "Aspects of the present disclosure are to address at least the above-mentioned problems and/or disadvantages and to provide at least the advantages described below. Accordingly, an aspect of the present disclosure is to provide a flexible display device for facilitating network pairing between a plurality of flexible display devices and a network pairing method.

"In accordance with an aspect of the present disclosure, a flexible display device for network pairing is provided. The flexible display device includes an input sensor configured to sense two or more input events generated by an input means, and a controller configured to analyze device information about two or more flexible display devices in response to the sensed input events and, if determining that the sensed input events are for network pairing, to perform network pairing between the two or more flexible display devices.

"In accordance with another aspect of the present disclosure, a network pairing method in a flexible display device is provided. The network pairing method includes sensing two or more input events generated by an input means, analyzing device information about two or more flexible display devices in response to the sensed input events, and if it is determined that the sensed input events are for network pairing, performing network pairing between the two or more flexible display devices.

"Other aspects, advantages, and salient features of the disclosure will become apparent to those skilled in the art from the following detailed description, which, taken in conjunction with the annexed drawings, discloses various embodiments of the present disclosure.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"The above and other aspects, features, and advantages of certain embodiments of the present disclosure will be more apparent from the following description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, in which:

"FIG. 1 is a block diagram of an overall system that connects a plurality of flexible display devices to each other according to an embodiment of the present disclosure;

"FIG. 2 is a block diagram of a flexible display device according to an embodiment of the present disclosure;

"FIGS. 3A and 3B illustrate sensing areas defined for a touch sensor in a flexible display device according to an embodiment of the present disclosure;

"FIG. 4 is a flowchart illustrating an operation for performing network pairing between flexible display devices according to an embodiment of the present disclosure;

"FIG. 5 illustrates a method for sensing an input event for network pairing between flexible display devices according to an embodiment of the present disclosure;

"FIG. 6 illustrates a method for sensing an input event for network pairing between flexible display devices according to an embodiment of the present disclosure;

"FIGS. 7 and 8 illustrate methods for sensing an input event through a plurality of input means between flexible display devices according to embodiments of the present disclosure; and

"FIGS. 9 and 10 illustrate methods for performing network pairing between an even number of flexible display devices according to embodiments of the present disclosure.

"Throughout the drawings, like reference numerals will be understood to refer to like parts, components, and structures."

For additional information on this patent application, see: PARK, Sung-Jin; KANG, Seong-Woon; KIM, Young-Woong; LEE, Kyu-Suk; LEE, Jong-In; CHA, Kyung-Hoon. Display Device for Network Pairing and Network Pairing Method. Filed January 9, 2014 and posted July 17, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=4233&p=85&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140710.PD.&OS=PD/20140710&RS=PD/20140710

Keywords for this news article include: Electronics, Samsung Electronics Co., Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.

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