According tomedia reports, in the past few months you should have seen two dual-screen devices from Microsoft, and now the company is planning to bring its improved, magnetic-based hinge system to these dual-screen hardware. A new patent application from the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) gives a glimpse into what the device looks like. It is reported that the USPTO is on May 14, 2020 to release the patent document singed device (Hinged device).
In the file, Microsoft reveals how two displays are assembled into a two-screen hardware using elongated magnetic hinges to allow them to synchronize, rotate and modularize.
Microsoft points out that the patented device consists of two parts that can be rotated through a magnetic hinge assembly. The hinge assembly consists of two parts with magnets, which Microsoft has disclosed will use iron and other ferromagnetic materials.
Interestingly, Microsoft adds that users can use the two parts separately, and that’s what the Surface Book family is already offering. Microsoft believes this practice could also prevent damage to magnetic hinge components. For example, the gap between these two parts and the surrounding material is reduced to prevent ash from being added and graying.
In addition, the magnetic hinge assembly gives an aesthetically pleasing appearance and allows the hinge to rotate at 180 degrees.
It’s worth noting that the patent may not end up being a real product, but it still gives people an idea of Microsoft’s plans for next-generation collapsible devices.