Microsoft’s latest patent titled “Computing Devices, Removal Support Devices and methods of use” was filed by the company in February 2018 and it was published yesterday. The patent is not related to the long rumoured Andromeda or a Surface laptop.
The latest patent is about a system that has a computing device and a removable device. It appears that the patented device is aimed at business. The patent shows off different computing devices including a handheld device that may include an integrated support device to position the display.
” Use of computing devices is becoming more ubiquitous by the day. Computing devices range from standard desktop computers to wearable computing technology and beyond. Laptops often connect the display to the keyboard along a shared edge using a friction hinge. However, with the advent of hybrid computers, the display and the keyboard may be connected and disconnected at will. Some computing devices, including hybrid computers, do not include a friction hinge along a shared edge between the display and the keyboard. Rather, the computing devices may include an integrated support device to position the display. It may be desirable to mount the display of a computing device to various removable support devices,” the background section of the patent reads.
The patented method has been explained below:
“A computing device having an interface surface and one or more attachment features oriented on the interface surface is described. A removable support device with an interface surface and one or more attachment features oriented on the interface surface is described. A support system with a computing device and a removable support device is described. A method of using a support system is described,” the abstract reads.
Microsoft has also confirmed that the patented system could be implemented on a handheld device.
“The one or more attachment features may allow the computing device to removably attach to a variety of support devices. For example, the support device may include a height-adjustable stand, similar to a desktop computer monitor. In other examples, the support device may be a handheld support device, such as a platen with a hand strap to aide in securely carrying the computing device,” Microsoft explains.