Samsung Patents Tablet with Front and Rear Touchscreens
Samsung has filed for a patent of a new tablet concept with not one touchscreen, but two. Instead of side-by-side screens, one is located on the back of the device.
This isn't the first time companies have toyed with the idea of a touchscreen on the back of devices. After all, the fingers are naturally on the back of the device when holding it, and using a front-facing touchscreen causes the finger to obscure parts of the screen while the user navigates.
Samsung's patent application doesn't just mention rear-controlled touchscreen input, it also clearly shows methods to control a device with a finger in front and a finger behind the device working in tandem. While this is an interesting concept, it raises concerns about usability because these types of actions would be heavily dependent on finger length and would make the tablet hard to hold while touching both sides of the device.
Samsung has not made any comments about the patent or if this technology is even being considered for future devices .