Microsoft’s industrial designers have been working on ways to improve their Surface Pen, and the latest idea is a bit of a surprise. In their patent filed on February 10, 2020, they described an easy-to-use “TEXTILE COVERING FOR ELECTRONIC DEVICE” designed primarily for Surface Pen.
The patent discloses examples of fabric coverings for electronic devices and methods for manufacturing fabric coverings for electronic devices. In one example, a fabric covering for an electronic device consists of one or more structural fibers woven into a seamless tube that is configured to surround at least part of the electronic device.
The fabric cover also includes one or more heat shrink fibers and/or seamless tubes woven from one or more adhesive fibers. When the seamless tube is heated above the threshold temperature, the heat shrink fiber shrinks, causing the seamless tube to shrink around the electronic device.
Microsoft has always been a fan of fabric surfaces, as evidenced by their previous introduction of the Alcantara-covered Surface laptop, which microsoft points out can give “a visually appealing look and/or a pleasant touch”.