Amer Sports. has filed a patent for a display assembly for wearable devices. The assembly includes a solar cell layer above a touch sensor layer, with photovoltaic material at the edge region, leaving the central touch sensor layer uncovered. The photovoltaic material may have openings for sensors or display panel visibility. GlobalData’s report on Amer Sports gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Amer Sports, Treatment progress monitoring was a key innovation area identified from patents. Amer Sports's grant share as of January 2024 was 72%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Display assembly for wearable device with solar cell and touch sensor

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Amer Sports Corp

The patent application (Publication Number: US20240012365A1) describes a display assembly for a wearable device that includes a solar cell layer positioned above a touch sensor layer. The solar cell layer is designed with photovoltaic material at the edge of the display assembly, leaving the central region of the touch sensor layer uncovered. This design allows for the integration of features such as ambient light sensors, proximity sensors, or lidar, as well as openings for the display panel to be visible. Additionally, the touch sensor layer extends below the photovoltaic material at the edge of the assembly, enhancing functionality.

Furthermore, the display assembly may include a display panel below the touch sensor layer, with various display panel options such as memory in pixel display, liquid crystal display, organic light-emitting diode display, and more. The integration of the solar cell layer, touch sensor layer, and cover glass on the same substrate offers a compact and efficient design. The patent also covers the application of this display assembly in a wearable device, particularly a smartwatch, with the inclusion of a battery and charge controller to utilize the electricity generated by the photovoltaic material for charging purposes. This innovative display assembly aims to enhance the functionality and sustainability of wearable devices.

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