What we can learn about Flexible Electronics from an old Apple Patent

Apple filled this patent in 2011, so this is not  a new patent, but it demonstrate  the interesting aspects  of non-rigid HCI design.

According to the patent, the main benefit of making electronic devices more flexible is that they would be more resilient to drops. However, the flexibility would also give the device interesting new ways to receive commands from users. Instead of pushing a button or swiping a touch screen, people could twist or squeeze the phone to turn it on, answer a call, or change the volume.

he device would be made of a special housing that could include fluid filled or air filled pockets so that the device could go from stiff to flexible and back again. The batteries and circuits would also be flexible, as would the display, which Apple suggests would be made from a flexible organic light-emitting diode (OLED) array. The display would include a flexible touch-sensitive layer (in Apple’s words: a sheet of polymer with an array of transparent capacitor electrodes for a capacitive touch sensor), covered with flexible plastic or a thin, flexible layer of glass.





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