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Flexible display authentication
With the advent of new display technology such as Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED), it is possible to make a flexible display. Flexible displays allow for new methods of user input that are not possible on rigid displays.
Disclosed is a method of correlating the bending and the flexing of the screen with the graphical content to be used as input. A user can then flex an OLED, or similar, display to reveal and obscure specific portions of the display. The bending and flexing allow a relative depth to be determined of each of the bent portions. That information is then used as input.
For example, rather than knowing that the display was bent three times, the system knows that it was bent between the 2nd, 4th, and 6th images. It is then able to determine which portion is revealed, and then use that to authenticate to the user if the images are correct or change the images if they were incorrectly identified.
In the preferred embodiment, an image is displayed on a flexible display. Assuming the user's key is a palm tree, the user bends the display in such a way that the palm tree is in front/above and other images are toward the back/below.
In alternative embodiment, a series of letters is presented to the user (e.g., ABCDEF). The user then makes a selection by contorting the display such that the A, D, and E are higher than the other letters B, C, and F. The A, D, and E are sent as input to the program or system.