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Researchers Submit Patent Application, "Electronic Device Employing a Flexible Display and Operating Method Thereof", for Approval

August 20, 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, Su-Young (Gyeonggi-do, KR); Kim, Yang-Su (Gyeonggi-do, KR); Son, Sung-Ho (Daegu, KR); Jang, Keum-Ju (Seoul, KR), filed on January 2, 2014, was made available online on August 7, 2014.

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

News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "An electronic device such as a mobile phone, a portable multimedia player (PMP), or a personal digital assistant (PDA) is widely distributed as an essential item. Generally, an electronic device includes a display such as a liquid crystal display (LCD), an organic light emitting diode (OLED), and an active matrix OLED (AMOLED), and a substrate of the display is a glass substrate typically. An e-book or e-paper, to which a flexible display is applied, is commercialized. The flexible display can bend or fold as a bendable plastic film is applied to a substrate thereof, and thus, can be used in various fields. However, when a flexible display is folded for carrying, content, such as a text message or an image, is displayed on an area where a user has difficulty in viewing. The user feels inconvenienced to unfold the flexible display for viewing. Therefore, a content displaying method is necessary to display a user simple content such as a current time, a date or received massage-related information (for example, a message reception notification, the number of received messages) without unfolding the folded flexible display."

As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "To address the above-discussed deficiencies, embodiments of the present disclosure provide an electronic device employing a flexible display and an operating method thereof.

"Embodiments of the present disclosure provide an improved content display method in an electronic device employing a flexible display and the electronic device.

"Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a content display method of viewing simple content such as a current time, a date or the number of received massages without unfolding the folded flexible display, when a flexible display is folded for carrying.

"Embodiments of the present disclosure include a method of operating an electronic device including: obtaining at least one piece of bending information on a flexible display; determining at least one display area on the flexible display according the obtained bending information; and displaying a content on the determined display area.

"In certain embodiments, the bending information includes a position of a bended line, or the position of the bended line and a bending angle of the bended line of the flexible display.

"In certain embodiments, the position of the bended line is determined by measuring tension of the flexible display when the flexible display is folded.

"In certain embodiments, the position of the bended line is determined by connecting points on which the largest tension is applied on one axis of the flexible display.

"In certain embodiments, the determining of the at least one display area includes determining through distance comparison between the bended line and a center line of the one axis of the flexible display.

"Certain embodiments of the present disclosure include converting the flexible display into an idle mode, when a bended line position of the flexible display, which corresponds to the bending information, is identical to a center line of one axis of the flexible display.

"In certain embodiments, the content includes at least one of a current time, a current date, a message reception notification, and a set alarm mark.

"Certain embodiments of the present disclosure include an electronic device that includes: a sensor device obtaining bending information on a flexible display; a processor determining a display area on the flexible display according to the bending information; and a flexible display displaying content corresponding to the bending information on the display area.

"In certain embodiments, the bending information includes a bended line position, or the bended line position and a bending angle of the bended line of the flexible display.

"In certain embodiments, when the flexible display is folded, the sensor device measures tension of the flexible display to determine the bended line position.

"In certain embodiments, the sensor device determines a line connecting points on which the largest tension is applied on one axis of the flexible display to be the bended line position.

"In certain embodiments, the processor determines the display area through distance comparison between the bended line position and a center line of the one axis of the flexible display.

"In certain embodiments, when a bended line position of the flexible display, which corresponds to the bending information, is identical to a center line on one axis of the flexible display, the processor converts the flexible display into an idle mode.

"In certain embodiments, the content includes at least one of a current time, a current date, a message reception notification, and a set alarm mark.

"Certain embodiments of the present disclosure include an electronic device includes: a sensor device obtaining bending information on a flexible display; at least one processor; a memory; and at least one program stored in the memory and being executed by the at least one processor, wherein the program determines a display area of the flexible display according to the bending information, and displays content corresponding to the bending information on the display area.

"In certain embodiments, the bending information comprises a bend line position, or the bended line position and a bending angle of the bended line of the flexible display.

"In certain embodiments, when the flexible display is folded, the sensor device determines the bended line position by measuring tension of the flexible display.

"In certain embodiments, the sensor device determines a line connecting points on which the largest tension is applied on one axis of the flexible display to be the bended line position.

"In certain embodiments, wherein the processor determines the display area through distance comparison between the bended line position and a center line of the one axis of the flexible display.

"In certain embodiments, when a bended line position of the flexible display, which corresponds to the bending information, is identical to a center line on one axis of the flexible display, the processor converts the flexible display into an idle mode.

"Before undertaking the DETAILED DESCRIPTION below, it may be advantageous to set forth definitions of certain words and phrases used throughout this patent document: the terms 'include' and 'comprise,' as well as derivatives thereof, mean inclusion without limitation; the term 'or,' is inclusive, meaning and/or; the phrases 'associated with' and 'associated therewith,' as well as derivatives thereof, may mean to include, be included within, interconnect with, contain, be contained within, connect to or with, couple to or with, be communicable with, cooperate with, interleave, juxtapose, be proximate to, be bound to or with, have, have a property of, or the like; and the term 'controller' means any device, system or part thereof that controls at least one operation, such a device may be implemented in hardware, firmware or software, or some combination of at least two of the same. It should be noted that the functionality associated with any particular controller may be centralized or distributed, whether locally or remotely. Definitions for certain words and phrases are provided throughout this patent document, those of ordinary skill in the art should understand that in many, if not most instances, such definitions apply to prior, as well as future uses of such defined words and phrases.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"For a more complete understanding of the present disclosure and its advantages, reference is now made to the following description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, in which like reference numerals represent like parts:

"FIG. 1A illustrates flexing of an electronic device according to embodiments of the present disclosure;

"FIG. 1B illustrates a configuration of an electronic device according to embodiments of the present disclosure;

"FIG. 2 illustrates a method of operating an electronic device according to embodiments of the present disclosure;

"FIG. 3 illustrates a method of operating an electronic device according to embodiments of the present disclosure;

"FIG. 4 illustrates an operation to display content according to a bended line position of FIG. 3;

"FIG. 5 illustrates a method of operating an electronic device according to embodiments of the present disclosure;

"FIG. 6A illustrates an operating method of an electronic device according to embodiments of the present disclosure;

"FIG. 6B illustrates a position of a bended line of the flexible display of FIG. 6A;

"FIG. 7A illustrates an operating method of an electronic device according to embodiments of the present disclosure;

"FIG. 7B illustrates a position of a bended line of the flexible display of FIG. 7A;

"FIG. 8A illustrates an operating method of an electronic device according to embodiments of the present disclosure;

"FIG. 8B illustrates a position of a bended line of the flexible display of FIG. 8A;

"FIG. 9A illustrates an operating method of an electronic device according to embodiments of the present disclosure;

"FIG. 9B illustrates a position of a bended line of the flexible display of FIG. 9A;

"FIG. 10A illustrates an operating method of an electronic device according to embodiments of the present disclosure;

"FIG. 10B illustrates a position of a bended line of the flexible display of FIG. 10A;

"FIG. 11A illustrates a state where a flexible display is folded twice according to embodiments of the present disclosure;

"FIG. 11B illustrates a position of a bended line of the flexible display of FIG. 11A;

"FIG. 11C illustrates a position of a bended line according to embodiments of the present disclosure; and

"FIG. 12 illustrates a state where a flexible display is modified according to embodiments of the present disclosure."

For additional information on this patent application, see: Park, Su-Young; Kim, Yang-Su; Son, Sung-Ho; Jang, Keum-Ju. Electronic Device Employing a Flexible Display and Operating Method Thereof. Filed January 2, 2014 and posted August 7, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=4966&p=100&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140731.PD.&OS=PD/20140731&RS=PD/20140731

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

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