Microsoft patents futuristic detachable screen phone concept

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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14 Comments

1. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Cool concept with alot of potential....

2. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Nice! Sounds awesome!

3. darkvadervip

Posts: 366; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

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

7. fay99

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Hi barista :)

12. tedkord

Posts: 17135; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

4. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

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

5. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 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

6. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

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

8. andyboi_ph

Posts: 101; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

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

9. poikilo

Posts: 49; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

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

10. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

i guess they're gonna start developing this with nokia

11. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

They patent it because of Apple using any Patents to strike

13. jamrockjones

Posts: 345; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

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

14. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

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

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