The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a granted patent for Samsung this week that reveals a possible future Galaxy Tab cover with built-in micro-speaker(s). Samsung also envisions a version of their next-gen cover to have 3 foldable panels that could support a clear cover so that the user could see information on the tablet display through the cover.
According to Samsung, the speakers could be any one of a film speaker, a vibration speaker, a piezoelectric speaker, and a thin micro speaker.
Samsung's patent FIG. 4 below is a perspective view illustrating the exterior cover that is adapted to an electronic device in which the exterior cover supports the electronic device in a second cradling mode; FIG. 5 illustrates an operation of speakers that are mounted on an exterior cover.
Samsung's patent FIG. 8 below is a diagram illustrating a state in which the exterior cover protects a display of the electronic device and includes film speakers that emit sound to correspond to multiple screens.
More specifically, Samsung notes that in patent FIG. 8, at least one of the speakers, which are provided in the exterior cover (#40), may be made of a transparent material, a translucent material or an opaque material.
More importantly, when each of the first to third speakers #41 to #43 is made of a transparent material, each of the first to third speakers 41 to 43 may serve as a transparent window which will allow the user to watch the screen of the display.
Further, when the exterior cover is made of the transparent material different screens may also be watched on the speakers through which a display is seen, and different sounds which are associated with the screens, may be emitted through the speakers, respectively.
In Samsung's patent FIG. 3 below we're able to see a perspective view illustrating the exterior cover that is adapted to an electronic device in which the exterior cover supports the electronic device in a first cradling mode and provides two speakers.
Samsung's patent that was granted this week was originally filed in Q1 2016.