Microsoft has yet another patent for its foldable mobile device codenamed Andromeda. Like the previous patents, this one too shows off a foldable mobile device featuring two displays and a hinge.
Yesterday, the USPTO published two patents with the same title ‘FOLDABLE DISPLAY DEVICE WITH INTERACTABLE USER INTERFACE SURFACE ON THE EXTERNAL SHELL’. The first and second patent details a foldable display device that looks and works like a journal but there’s an interface that you can use to write with a pen.
“Additionally or alternatively, the user interface surface on the exterior cover section may be configured to allow an object produced (e.g., drawn or written by either a finger, pen or stylus interaction) on the user interface surface to be stored for display on at least one of the first display screen the second display screen, or the user interface surface,” Microsoft explains that you can use a pen to write on the exterior surface.
“Mobile electronic devices, such as mobile phones, media players, and tablet computers are increasingly common. These types of devices typically include an integrated display device. In some instances, in order to overcome the size and space limitations that are generally associated with mobile devices manufacturers may offer mobile devices with dual displays that are hinged to open two display devices side-by-side to form one larger display,” Microsoft explains.
“Aspects of the present disclosure provide a foldable display device that includes a user interface surface located on an exterior cover section of the foldable display device that allows a user to interact with the user interface surface while the foldable display device is in a closed state. Interaction on the user interface surface during the closed state of the foldable display device may allow the user to select content to be shown on at least one display screen of the foldable display device on the interior section during a subsequent open state of the foldable display device. Additionally, the user interface surface may be configured to allow an object produced (e.g., drawn or written) on the user interface surface to be stored for display on at least one of the first display screen, the second display screen, or the user interface surface,” the patent application reads.