Patent suggests swappable Windows Phone accessories

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.

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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13 Comments

1. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 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?

6. kainy

Posts: 165; Member since: Aug 10, 2011

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

2. Austin AC unregistered

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

3. tuminatr

Posts: 1151; Member since: Feb 23, 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

4. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 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?

5. Cinnamon

Posts: 87; Member since: Jun 16, 2011

What if you lose one? $50 replacement?

7. kainy

Posts: 165; Member since: Aug 10, 2011

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

15. Cinnamon

Posts: 87; Member since: Jun 16, 2011

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

16. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 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.

10. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

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

11. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

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

12. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

F*ckin A it is!

13. CellularNinja

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

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

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