Posts Tagged ‘ Curved ’

Samsung Gear Fit


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Samsung unveiled its new line of wearable Gear Fit devices today, in particular the industry’s very first super AMOLED curved device that contours to the wrist of active consumers. The Gear Fit, one of the most comprehensive fitness tools on the market boasts an array of different features including customizable workout routines with heart monitoring capabilities as well as real-time fitness coaching. Furthermore the Gear Fit provides instant notifications from Galaxy Smartphones such as incoming calls, emails and SMS. Style and design are also emphasized through the sleek, curved body of the device and optional Black, Orange and Mocha Grey straps.

Curved Cell Phone Screen


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The US patent, No. 8,603,574, is for a manufacturing process that would enable a screen to remain responsive to touch despite the effects of curving or shaping. Although Samsung has been the only one so far to create a live demonstration, Apple is the one that actually owns the technology. As part of the initial filing made in 2010, Apple specifically provides examples of its use in displays, touch pads and even mice. It also explains that current methods for curving a display result in a less sensitive and responsive screen; the process creates ‘dead’ areas. Apple’s approach uses a film that is applied to a screen or surface before it is shaped, which would ensure that its whole surface remains touch-sensitive once curved. The filing also gives examples of more complex shapes, like waves as well as simple curves, that would be possible thanks to the process that Apple is patenting. Whether or not the patent is a signal of Apple’s future intent remains to be seen but there is little doubt that curved and flexible displays are set to play a huge role in the future of mobile device design. Samsung and LG, two of Apple’s biggest competitors in the smartphone and tablet space, have already launched smartphones with curved, flexible displays as showcases for their own display capabilities.

Samsung Galaxy Round – World’s First Curved Smartphone


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Samsung electronics has introduced the ‘galaxy round’, the world’s first curved display smartphone, to be available october 10th in Korea. The device is equipped with a 5.7” full HD super AMOLED display, measures 7.9mm thick and weighs only 154g. As a result of its unique curved design, users can take advantage of round integration experiences like the ‘roll effect’, enabling users to check information such as the date, time, missed calls and battery easily when home screen is off, and the gravity effect for creating visual interactions with the screen by tilting the device. the large screen size also provides additional benefits to users. Useful one-hand operation features bring a user’s most desired controls closer to a preferred side of the screen and enables enhanced multitasking capabilities.

Rain Shield


Imagine getting soaked by a car-splash, on your way to work or an important meeting. The Rain Shield offers a shield-like umbrella and is crafted with a single curved steel wire and a telescopic rod. It has no pointed ends or sharp edges, and it won’t blow inside out in windy conditions.  Designer Liu Li-Hsiang demonstrates how this umbrella easily folds and compresses into a 180-millimetre-diameter disc that can be stored in a bag. Have a look at the video and judge for yourself. Designers were Lin Min-Wei & Liu Li-Hsiang.

The Bent Forest.


In a tiny corner of western Poland a forest of about 400 pine trees grow with a 90 degree bend at the base of their trunks – all bent northward. Surrounded by a larger forest of straight growing pine trees this collection of curved trees, or “Crooked Forest,” is a mystery.  Planted around 1930, the trees managed to grow for seven to 10 years before getting held down, in what is understood to have been human mechanical intervention. Though why exactly the original tree farmers wanted so many crooked trees is unknown.  Several possibilities come to mind.  It’s obvious that the trees were bent when very young, then recovered.  Those who live near large lakes with prominent ice heaves will have seen trees affected in this manner, and a similiar effect could occur after a blowdown by straightline winds.  However…  I get the sense that this forest is a tree farm, because of the uniformity of age of the trees, and I suspect this is a man-made curvature, because of the similarity of all the trees involved.  If that’s true, then my best explanation would be that these trees were trained as “compass timbers” for shipbuilding or as material for other woodworking.

The Ostendo Curved Screen.


Hardcore gamers and productivity nerds alike will find something to love about the Ostendo CRVD 43″ Curved Display. This monstrous monitor is the first commercially available curved display and features a resolution of 2880 x 900.  The CRVD is able to engage 75% of a user’s peripheral vision, meaning you’re always aware of what’s going on onscreen – even in the distant corners where windows go to die. Worried about your games not being compatible with your spiffy new monitor? Don’t be. The CRVD works with existing graphics cards, drivers and games without the need for special hardware or software.  So, if you’d rather not plop down two or three monitors side-by-side on your desk, the CRVD might just be the answer.