New Dell patent shows a rolling hinge for a foldable PC with a flexible display
A patent shows a potential foldable PC from Dell with a flexible screen.
What you need to know
- A patent by Dell shows a foldable PC with a flexible display.
- The patent includes rolling components within a hinge.
- Patents for a similar device were revealed in September.
A new patent by Dell shows technology that could be used in a foldable PC with a flexible display. Patent number 10,429,903 B2 was filed on September 18, 2018, and the date of patent is October 1, 2019. WindowsUnited first spotted the patent which includes unique rolling elements within a hinge that reduce potential damage to a flexible display.
At first glance, the hinge looks similar to that of the Surface Book. It has several components that fold around an axis to have two halves of a device come together. A key difference, however, is that this patent is for a foldable device with a flexible screen. The hinge also includes parts that rotate to reduce damage to a flexible screen.
The patent later goes into further detail about the rolling components:
Flexible displays are the dream of many manufacturers but have limitations caused by the nature of folding something. For example, the Samsung Galaxy Fold has a visible seam in it. The technology shown off in this patent might reduce that somewhat, as internal components could rotate and move into a position that could reduce a similar issue from occurring.
Patents for a similar device from Dell appeared in September of this year. There's a chance that these technologies are related, or that one is an evolution of the concept within the other.
As is the case with all patents, these technologies may never be part of a product that releases to the general public. Companies frequently patent ideas and designs that don't end up in products.
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