Innovation is to be expected amongst the world’s best electronic brands − how else can they possibly stay relevant when the market is flooded with copycat clones of each other’s products? But has Sony passed the loopy post with their two-screen foldable tablet device?
The Japanese conglomerate has filed with the US Patent and Trade Office for a two-screened tablet that rotates on multiple axes, meaning the screens can be configured a number of ways. With more hinges than one can imagine necessary on a tablet pc, the setup of the new screens will allow users to flip, rotate, slide, glide, maybe it will even rocket out of the store and land upright on your lap ready to use with the screen still in tact.
As posted by TechRadar, who have reportedly had access to the exclusive document, the use of “connection apparatus,” as the patent filing puts it, allows two “casings” to be “rotated relatively in one of a first rotation direction and a second rotation direction orthogonal to each other between a first state and a second state.”
Plenty of jargon in there that for now consumers don’t need to be too concerned with but website, Engadget.com where the news first broke translate it to something a bit more understandable: “a sort of next-gen Jacob’s ladder with hinges that open up on both sides of a right angle, which would allow you to set screens side by side or on top of one another.”
It’s not an entirely fresh concept, Sony themselves released an earlier version of Tablet P last year with dual screen that retails at anything between £170 – £400. What consumers are going to make of this new patent should they go ahead and turn it into something, well it’s far too soon to tell but readers on Engadget don’t seem too enthralled with one user commenting: “More Sony stupidity. Are those guys affected by radiation? Sony is the new RIM it seems like. Last few devices from them have been less than satisfactory when Sony used to mean the very best.”
“It’s been done for years, how can they be allowed to patent it?” remarked another and “Yeah…because the Tablet P sold like hotcakes. Do it up Sony!” definite mockery there.
So what do we reckon Sony are planning to do with this patent? Is it going to infuriate the likes of Google, Apple and Samsung? Share your tech thoughts at the end of this post.