This wacky Samsung smartwatch looks like something He-Man would wear

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“I have the power! smartwatch!” Photo: Filmation Associates/Mattel

Samsung’s not had too much luck with smartwatches, but a newly-published patent application shows that it’s not ready to throw in the towel just yet.

The patent describes what is less a traditional watch than a wristband or He-Man-style manacle. It features a wraparound widescreen display, able to function in both bent and flat states, and describes its possible applications as multimedia viewing and communication.

After all, you never know when you’ll need to summon Battle Cat to help in your ongoing war with Skeletor and his cronies!

As can be seen from the below illustrations, the watch would be made up of a number of segmented section connected together and linked by a flexible display. It’s kind of a neat concept, at least as a prototype, although compared to the ultra-chic Apple Watch it certainly leaves quite a bit to be desired.

Samsung Watch

In terms of Samsung’s actual next generation smartwatch, we’ve heard it’s being developed under the name “Orbis” and could launch as early as this year’s third quarter. It will reportedly be powered by an Exynos 7420 SoC — letting it cut back on power consumption and improve battery life — and, as with the Apple Watch, will be targeted at the luxury fashion market.

Via: Patently Mobile