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Patent suggests swappable Windows Phone accessories

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Patent suggests swappable Windows Phone accessories
The US Patent and Trademark published a new patent for Microsoft this past Thursday that could have some pretty interesting implications for future Windows Phones. The patent would allow for easily swappable accessories for phones.

Patent suggests swappable Windows Phone accessories
The patent filing by Microsoft was filed back in March of last year, and is titled "Mobile Communication Device Having Multiple, Interchangeable Second Devices". The patent basically explains a system by which a phone would have a display, and multiple swappable accessories ranging from keyboards to gamepads, and from the image, it looks like even a secondary display for easy editing of movies. The patent could also cover independent devices that communicate through various wireless protocols to interact with each other.

We're not too sure how this could all work in a consumer device, and we're not even sure that Microsoft is a company that could market such a device, given its history with hardware. But, it's certainly interesting. You guys have any ideas for practical uses?

source: USPTO via BGR

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posted on 27 Sep 2011, 23:10

1. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 466; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)


hey thats a good idea for phone manufacturers for android lol, they should of thought of this first... btw i wonder what those other interchangeable parts are, like the one that looks like it has a piece of film on it, or the one with the picture of a battery on it?

posted on 28 Sep 2011, 00:52 1

6. kainy (Posts: 165; Member since: 10 Aug 2011)


That with the film is second display, and the one with the battery ... is additional battery :)

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 23:26 1

2. Austin AC (unregistered)


Reminds me of the LG Versa on Verizon from like two years ago.

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 23:34 1

3. tuminatr (Posts: 678; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)


except done much better, the versa had a detachable leather case that had a keyboard in it, it was poor quality and high price or it felt that way to me

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 23:40

4. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


if i'm not impressed with ICS i'll hold out hopes that a Windows Phone with this design comes to Verizon even if it's not 4G but maybe there'll be a 4G module. how cool would that be?

posted on 28 Sep 2011, 00:03

5. Cinnamon (Posts: 87; Member since: 16 Jun 2011)


What if you lose one?

$50 replacement?

posted on 28 Sep 2011, 05:00 1

7. kainy (Posts: 165; Member since: 10 Aug 2011)


What if you lose your phone? 600-700$ replacement?

posted on 28 Sep 2011, 21:27

15. Cinnamon (Posts: 87; Member since: 16 Jun 2011)


Are you dumb? I meant the accessory not the phone because in a big house like mine I can lose things easily...

posted on 28 Sep 2011, 21:36

16. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


it's just as easy to lose the phone is what he's saying, phones like the HP Veer would be much easier to lose and you'd have to pay much more money to replace it.

posted on 28 Sep 2011, 08:17 1

10. snowgator (Posts: 3197; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Windows Phones continue to try to put the whole package together. This is a fantastic idea.

posted on 28 Sep 2011, 13:41 2

11. downphoenix (Posts: 2293; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Apple, hope you are taking notes, this is innovation.

posted on 28 Sep 2011, 15:00

12. iHateCrapple (Posts: 734; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)


F*ckin A it is!

posted on 28 Sep 2011, 16:03

13. CellularNinja (Posts: 300; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)


sounds like a good idea to me! WindowsPhone/XboxPortable!

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