Samsung Patent Filing Envisions Smartwatch Displays On Users' Hands

Samsung believes that its smartwatches could one day become interactive projectors that allow wearers to magnify and utilize screens on their hand or forearm.

Samsung believes that its smartwatches could one day become interactive projectors that allow wearers to magnify and utilize screens on their hand or forearm.

The Korean electronics giant earlier this month filed an application for the technology with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, The Verge reports.

The patent application shows pictures of a smartwatch detecting the back of a user's hand and projecting its screen onto the surface. The wearer can then press buttons, draw or otherwise interact with their hand in the same way as any other smart device.

The filing notes that because smartwatches and other wearable electronics' display screens are so small, "accurately receiving touch input through a display screen or touch panel ... can be difficult."

The application also shows the screen extending to the user's fingers, if necessary, or onto their forearm or even a nearby wall or screen. Samsung's application also included a drawing that showed a headset for virtual or augmented reality projecting images into a wall.

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