Qualcomm patents new future for tablets

Qualcomm is not renowned for its consumer technology so eyebrows have been raised after the outfit patented a multi-folding tablet.

Qualcomm wants to develop one device that can be spread out to work like a TV as well as folded into a mobilephone.

The patent 20100064244 describes a multi-fold mobile device with a configurable interface is disclosed. When fully extended, the device may provide a panorama view, similar to widescreen televisions.

When fully folded, the device may provide a small form factor with an abbreviated view similar to cellular telephones. In addition, the user interface (UI) displayed on the device may change based on the folding configuration of the device.

The UI may be a panorama UI, a desktop UI, an application UI, a web browser UI, an alarm clock UI, a media player UI, or some other UI.”

It seems like a good idea to us and might just wipe the iPad out if it ever hits the shops.