LG surprised everyone when it announced, then started shipping worlds first full touchscreen LG PRADA KE850 phone. And did it well before overhyped Apple iPhone became available.
Now, a few recent LG patent filings indicate that LG Prada was just a beginning and Korean electronics giant is really serious about the development of innovative full touchscreen phones.
The first patent filing “Mobile Communication Terminal Having Multiple Displays” shows a clamshell type handset with two touchscreens:
The phone can be operated by fingers and stylus. According to the configuration and needs, both touchscreens can act separately, with lower screen being a control surface. Or they can be integrated as one big 2 panel touchscreen, with the ability to move different objects between upper and lower panels.
Another patent application, called “Mobile terminal providing graphic user interface” describes how to make touchscreen UI more fun and easier to use:
In traditional touchscreen interfaces you usually have static icons representing various applications and functions on screen. Then you move a cursor or tap them to initiate action. Here, instead of static icons, LG touchscreen phone will have a dynamic icons that are able to move in reaction to user actions or functions to be performed.
E.g. when you are riding the bus, it might be difficult to tap the correct icon due to vibration. If you missed it the first time, the icons near the tap area can move closer making it easier for you to get the right one. Or the phone might select the nearest icon and launch an application.
To make the phone more fun to use, it can have a set of predefined actions associated with concrete events, like reception of new message, calendar alarm or low battery indication. E.g. when you receive new SMS, the fish shaped icon can sail to and swallow an envelope, spawning a number of siblings representing different menu options.
This can actually become a new revenue stream for creative types and mobile operators, with us buying personalized interfaces complete with sounds and animation, instead of ringtones and wallpapers.
Watch out Apple! It may not matter that you have more then 200 iPhone patents. LG is not sitting still and may soon beat you at the full touchscreen phone game.
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