Google notes in its patent filing that display devices may include a flexible display coupled to a housing member, which may fold or bend in a rotating manner about a hinge assembly. Google is reportedly working on its own foldable device that would launch sometime in the future. According to the report, the device could be a smartphone, tablet, or netbook.
The slider mechanism and the set of gears operate to transfer a rotational movement into a translational movement of one of the first housing or second housing. More specifically, the hinge assembly can transfer a rotational movement of the flexible device to a translational movement and bend the flexible device without damage or breakage, it added.
The device features an 8.01-inch WQHD (wide quad high definition)+ resolution flexible internal display and a 6.52-inch AMOLED display as the front screen which offers a 90Hz refresh rate, 180Hz touch sampling rate, and HD+ resolution. The Google patent first highlights the shortcomings of conventional hinge mechanisms and their issues.
After which, the company offers its own solution in which, a device may “include a hinge assembly having a slider mechanism and a set of gears.”
It is unclear how the company would develop its foldable prototype or how its screen would operate when opened and closed.