Amazon has filed a patent for a unique dual-sided tablet featuring two screens.
Why would you want a screen on each side? Interestingly, the second screen should improve the tablet's battery life.
Each screen in the proposed patent would serve a different purpose. One screen, an e-ink display, would serve static content like text-heavy documents and e-books.
The opposite screen would be a full color LCD or OLED display, best used for videos, games, magazines, and web browsing.
By including both screens on the same tablet, it could switch between the two in order to conserve energy running apps and documents when only the e-ink display is needed.
The distant and immediate future
The patent also suggests deeper integration of the dual-screen format. In one example, both screens are touch capable, allowing users to drag and move content between the two displays.
It also details a method to use the tablet's built-in cameras to detect which side is facing the user so that it will automatically switch which screen is being used.
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