Microsoft has added a new design to the dual-screen tablet space, allowing both screens to be used together or alone. The patent description relates to devices that may include the first and second parts. The virtual magnetic hinge assembly can rotate and secure two parts, but the user can separate the device parts as needed.
An example can include the first thin magnetic hinge assembly encapsulated at the first end of the first part and the second thin elongated magnetic hinge assembly encapsulated at the first end of the second part. The first and second thin magnetic hinges components tilt the first end together while allowing the first and second parts to rotate within a certain range. One of the advantages of virtual hinges, Microsoft points out, is that dust can’t get into the hinges and can be used separately on both sides.
While it’s unlikely that we’ll see this design appear in Microsoft’s products any time soon, it’s ideal for use in an educational environment, for example, students with a standalone Surface Go tablet can connect them together to create a larger virtual canvas for team projects.