Samsung Patents Dual Sided Tablet

Paul Lilly

With so many tablets purportedly on the horizon, many of which will tap into Google's Android platform, it's going to be increasingly difficult to stand out from the crowd without some kind of novel twist. Samsung may have found one , as evidenced by a recent patent filing that places a touch panel on both the front and rear of a tablet. Here's the short and sweet of the lengthy patent app :

"A terminal device having a dual touchscreen capable of controlling a content is disclosed. The terminal device displays at least one content to a display unit. A processor coupled to the terminal is configured to checking content mapped to an area at which a touch event is detected and released from the dual touchscreen including a first touch sensor and a second touch sensor and to control the content according to the touch event."

It's an interesting idea, though it also raises a number of questions. Can you pick up the device and use either side, or is there a true front and back? And what are the optimal uses for a dual-sided tablet? Is this something Joe User even wants? If you've got the answers, we'd love to hear them. Sound off in the comments section below!

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