The US Patent Office has granted Samsung a patent that decsribes a rollable TV concept that rolls up on both sides.
The patent (USP 10,162,387) is entitled "Rollable display device" and was published on December 25, 2018. Here is a description of it:
A rollable display device is provided. The rollable display device includes first and second bodies, a display, a roller supported in the first body to be rotatable, to which one end portion of the display in a length direction of the display is fixed and around an outer circumference of which the display is wound, and a support member a plurality of segmented links connected to pivot around a hinge shaft perpendicular to an image display surface, the support member being accommodated in an accommodation unit provided in the first body. As the first body is separated from the second body, the display is unwound from the roller and is unrolled outward from the first body to expand in the length direction, and the support member is unrolled outward from the first body in the length direction to support a rear surface of the display.
According to the drawings that accompany the patent documents, when rolled up, this Samsung TV is just a small box. This design makes big screen TVs easy to transport and use less space when they are not in use.
LG has already showed its rollable OLED TV as a concept at the CES last year and is expected to start selling it in 2019. Provided that CES 2019 is coming next week, the Samsung patent could mean that Samsung is ready to show off a rollable TV at least as a prototype.