Samsung patents artificial muscles – perfect for folding smartphones


Sci-fi is fast becoming science fact. The smartphone was inconceivable at the turn of the century, and yet we now bring supercomputers in our pockets. Now Samsung has just filed for two patents in the United States, the patents are for flexible smartphones that can bend using ‘artificial muscle’.

One patent describes “a device that has a flexible display panel and a flexible image processing board connected with at least one artificial muscle that’s configured to be deformed so that the shape can be changed when voltage is applied”. A second patent details a display panel that is split into a top and a bottom region allowing the two to be bent in half, ala flip phone.


As these are just patents, we may or may not see products that uses these technologies, but if there are demand, Samsung may just create real world products with the artificial muscles.