Today’s tech news: IBM developing smartwatch that unfolds to tablet


IBM invented folding smartwatch that can go from watch to phone to full tablet.

The company is responsible for some of the most advanced innovations in history and it seems they are not stopping thinking outside of the box.

But this patent published by the US Patent and Trademark Office on June 11, 2019, and unearthed by Dutch tech publication Lets Go Digital, may be too much.

Eight panels, each 3 x 2 inches. That’s 12 x 8 inches at its maximum size. At that point, your smartwatch is a tablet. Or a shield to defend yourself.

The patent, titled Variable display size for an electronic display device, describes a wristband device that looks like a watch. It has a rectangular display in portrait mode with no bezels at all.

Under the watch there are seven additional displays stored in compartments. While that the patent doesn’t clearly describe how the unfolding or assembly process works, IBM claims that users would be able to extend the area of the display from one to two to four to eight panels.

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