Samsung thinks about putting touchscreen on a tablet’s back
Now that Apple showed how a real tablet device should look and work, everyone else is scrambling to make their own tablet that will be at least on par with the iPad.
And, according to this new patent application for a “Mobile terminal having dual touch screen and method of controlling content therein”, Samsung has been thinking about how to add their own touch (no pun intended here , to the tablet form factor UI.
Their idea? A dual touch screen tablet. With a traditional operation on a big touchscreen on the front of the device. And a second touch sensor layer on the back of the tablet, allowing for additional touch control gestures and operation patterns.
I might see some use cases where sliding a finger on the back of the tablet is a more comfortable option then doing it on a touchsreen. But only in some cases, while for most usage patterns – a traditional multi-touch screen is much more preferable.
Overall, I’d say it’s an interesting idea on Samsung’s part. But Samsung is one of the most prolific patentees out there, every week filing more patent applications then Nokia, Motorola, RIM and Sony Ericsson combined. Very few of them end-up in actual products.
So the likelihood of us ever seeing an actual working dual touchscreen tablet form Samsung? I’d put it into “not very likely” category.