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While still developing the first-generation foldable RAZR, Motorola Mobility filed a patent back in May 2018 with the USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) and the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Office) for a folding telephone with various touch sensors on the sides of the device, titled ‘cumulative sensor in a foldable device’. It was approved on November 21, 2019, and from the sketches, we see a narrow, elongated flexible screen that can be folded horizontally. Read more for the patent and additional information.
Unlike the first-generation model, this one would have multiple touch sensors; four on each side of the phone’s housing, with two above the fold line and two below. What could these be used for? Virtual buttons for when the smartphone is open or closed, while still being able to recognizae various gestures, including swipes. These touch sensors are capable of performing 20 different functions and 20 different gestures, according to the document – 13 functions and gestures when the device is folded open and 7 in the closed position.
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