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The Future Of Microsoft's Laptop Has A Foldable Touch Screen

The future of Microsoft laptops can have a foldable touch screen.

Kevin Parish was released on March 2, 2018 - 2:58 PM.


A recent patent application from Microsoft shows that the company hopes to make a laptop that includes a full-scale, touchable, flexible screen. The screen will be divided into three sections: the top display usually appears on the laptop screen, the Transform section presents a taskbar on Bend, and the third section presents a virtual keyboard. The embedded sensor determines which screen you use to display the content.

According to the illustration, the hinge of the device movement consists of a "wheel element" and an octagonal rod extending along the y-axis. This design allows the device to bend in any direction with the screen facing each other in a closed position or facing outward in a temporary flatbed configuration. This patent shows that hexagonal or cylindrical rods can also work.

At a higher level of skill, the device will include a transparent cover, a touch-sensitive bottom layer, a flexible display unit, and a thin "shell" that bind these components to the hinges. Such a shell may consist of plastic, glass, ceramic, fiber composite, metal or any combination of materials as long as the hinge area remains elastic.

Interestingly, Microsoft plans to squeeze into the actual computing hardware in its flexible devices. The list includes a processor, a graphics chip (if it is not integrated into the CPU), system memory, non-removable storage, wireless connectivity, and more. This is in addition to the actual screen, touch the input sensor layer, and enough space inside to passively cool the internal hardware.

At the same time, the chart shows only two external components: one at the top left of the Microsoft device and the other at the left side of the hinge. These two areas are available for power button, volume switch, docking station, headphone jack, USB port, HDMI output and more. In other words, the device's external components may be more than shown in the patent.

Microsoft believes that this design is more natural than your standard laptop or 2-in-1 device. For example, you can easily use handwritten notes at the bottom of the screen while watching the top online course. Clients must now switch between devices or screens to accomplish such "routine" tasks. But the company also pointed out that there are difficulties in creating equipment with flexible displays.

"After the display device has been bent for one or more times, the flexible display device may exhibit visual distortions on the display screen," said the patent country. "The process of bending the display device may temporarily or permanently damage some of the pixels in the display, locally changing the color and / or intensity of the image, which presents a challenge to the manufacturing design of the flexible display device.

However, as seen in the patent, Microsoft's design can prevent bendin-based pixel damage by relying on a boot and a protective foundation. The only visual aspect of flexibility that appears to be the 360 degree curve of the hinge and full body flexible display.

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