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Microsoft patents futuristic detachable screen phone concept

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Microsoft patents futuristic detachable screen phone concept
This isn't something that we expect to see on the market any time soon, but it is a phone concept that we'd love to play around with. Unfortunately, the idea of a phone with a detachable screen may now be the sole property of Microsoft because of a recent patent that has been granted. We first saw the idea in a concept video and the original patent filing almost a year ago

The basic idea is for a mobile phone device which would be made up of two screens which could be connected together, or separated, but still able to sense the other, communicate and interact as needed. The video we saw definitely looks pretty cool, and there are a lot of nice multitasking options that could be very useful in a device like this, we just hope that when this sort of device does hit the market, it's using displays a bit bigger than what the video shows. We'd prefer the option to dual-wield 4" screens rather than what look to be something around 3.2". 

Of course, as much as we'd like to see this kind of device, we hate the idea that this patent now belongs solely to one company, meaning any device from Apple or a Google partner wouldn't be able to be two parts which come together "to form a combined module", use "magnetic attraction", allow for controlling video or audio on one screen with the other, show contextual info on one screen related to the other, manipulate objects across the screens, etc. 

That's a lot of functionality contained in one patent, which has been granted for a concept, not even a working prototype or actual physical device. But, that's the way the USPTO does business, so we can't really fault Microsoft for taking advantage of that process, as silly as that process may be. 

source: USPTO via WMPU

Microsoft patents futuristic detachable screen phone concept
Microsoft patents futuristic detachable screen phone concept
Microsoft patents futuristic detachable screen phone concept

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posted on 07 Jun 2012, 18:55 6

1. Birds (Posts: 927; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


Cool concept with alot of potential....

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 19:03 6

2. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


Nice! Sounds awesome!

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 19:09 4

3. darkvadervip (Posts: 275; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


Nice! Hope google don't copy that. Call it the "S" screen. Lol

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 20:04 6

7. fay99 (Posts: 46; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


Hi barista :)

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 07:46 1

12. tedkord (Posts: 3934; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Green. It's the color of Android and of jealousy.

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 19:17 9

4. theBankRobber (Posts: 642; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


Microsoft has patents for lots of things, but never puts them to use.

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 19:51 4

5. pongkie (Posts: 492; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


I don't think this will push though devolopement it will be too expensive to produce.

apple got a scarrier pattent: the shape of the apple air laptop. I hope they don't seek ban on the ultrabooks

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 19:57 4

6. -box- (Posts: 3566; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Wish I had the thousands of dollars it takes to patent stuff. So many ideas...

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 20:15 2

8. andyboi_ph (Posts: 101; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)


I've seen the video and I say there's nothing quite like it out there. Great concept though.

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 23:52 2

9. poikilo (Posts: 45; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


Now these are the stuffs to be patented.....not a box with a button.................COOL..

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 01:30 2

10. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 764; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


i guess they're gonna start developing this with nokia

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 07:00

11. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


They patent it because of Apple using any Patents to strike

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 09:47

13. jamrockjones (Posts: 345; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


IDK, what if the screen comes off and you loose it. Your phone basically becomes a brick.

posted on 09 Jun 2012, 11:27

14. roscuthiii (Posts: 1717; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


So somebody broke their Kyocera Echo in frustration and then had a 'eureka!' moment?

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