Microsoft’s R&D team is definitely trying a lot to perfect the Duo and Neo hinges, but it seems that they want to do something more appealing than just devices with two connected screens. reason alone.
A recently published patent shows the idea of using magnetic hinges on Microsoft hardware. This patent demonstrates methods for attaching multiple pieces of a hardware device – such as two monitors, or a monitor and a foldable keyboard – through magnetic hinges.
Specifically, Microsoft wants in the future, the two Surface tablets will be able to be connected together to create a new device like the Surface Neo, both acting as a laptop and as an e-book with two Page.
What’s new in this patent is that it doesn’t have a permanent hinge structure to hold two screens together like the Surface Neo. The two monitors will be paired together via a magnetic system.
This new method not only allows two tablets / screens to work together to create a book-like device we’ve seen on Surface Duo and Surface Neo, it also allows a range of other components to connect to. hardware without the need to go through a lot of complicated work (perhaps using wireless communication between interconnected components).
Surface Duo and Surface Neo
This is not the first time Microsoft has devised a new way to connect peripherals to its hardware – anyone using the Surface keyboard cover must already know the usefulness of being able to Easy to disassemble / install such devices.
And this is not the first time Microsoft has registered a patent to use magnetism to replace the old technology. Last year, they filed a patent for “Electronic Device with a Magnetically Attached Electronic Component”, which talks about using magnets instead of screws when hardware assembly.
The 2019 Surface Laptop 3 and Surface Pro X have been designed with key components (such as screens or keyboards) that can be repaired quickly and easily by third-party repair centers, as well as large corporate customers. While magnets are not used in these designs, the idea of using them in device assemblies shows that Microsoft clearly wants to accelerate production and repair speeds – after all, a joint. Magnetic coupling will be much faster than rotating each screw on the board.
You need to know that there is no guarantee that the technology described in a patent will appear on the mass-produced hardware and marketed. But they somehow reveal the direction and thinking of a company. Connecting components, screens, and devices makes it easier to repair – all of which are part of what Microsoft plans for its future Surface lineup.