Microsoft files patent for detachable smartphone display

How would you like to be able to have a conversation with someone on your smartphone while also reviewing some kind of document or video at the same time? You could do that with a smartphone combined with a notebook or desktop PC, but what if you are on the road with nothing but your mobile phone?

Microsoft has apparently come up with a solution to that problem. Their proposal would allow for a smartphone design with a display screen that would basically split in two, with one that could detach from the main device. In a patent application that was discovered by Patentbolt.com, Microsoft calls this design a "dual module portable device."

The two displays could be held onto the main smartphone and each other via a magnetic strip, according to the patent. One display could separate from the main mobile phone while staying in communication distance. The end result is that while one person is talking on the smartphone, they could also review data on the detachable display.

As with all patents filed by Microsoft, it is not guaranteed that the company is currently developing such technology for a commercial release. However, we could definitely see multiple uses for such a product. It could also be used for small notebooks and even for portable gaming devices.

Source: Patentbolt.com | Image via Microsoft

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lamebo said,
Y does it have 2 b detachable? It could be like a pocket size Courier...
In that it would look like one and that it would never materialize into a real product lol

lamebo said,
In that it would look like one and that it would never materialize into a real product lol

You'll never see this. Microsoft will spend a billion on it and shelve it indefinitely. Then Apple will have an iPhone Dual-Screen and 4 years later Microsoft will sue.

Hurry! Someone create a patent in the process of making precipitation! These patent applications are bogus. Show us a prototype or GTFO.

Patents shouldn't be allowed for common sense ideas. The technicalities behind it are irrelevant, as the core principles are easily understood by a layman. The amount of litigation over patents is simply absurd and will continue to get worse - that may not be a problem for the bigger players but it severely impacts upon smaller companies.

Patents also shouldn't be allowed for software or genetically modified crops.

theyarecomingforyou said,
Patents shouldn't be allowed for common sense ideas. The technicalities behind it are irrelevant, as the core principles are easily understood by a layman. The amount of litigation over patents is simply absurd and will continue to get worse - that may not be a problem for the bigger players but it severely impacts upon smaller companies.

Patents also shouldn't be allowed for software or genetically modified crops.

Exactly. You patent a chair. Once it's patented then you dont allow a patent for a reclining chair. Now you could patent the internal system you figured out to make the chair recline but the modification of the chair's purpose hasnt changed dramatically enough to warrant another patent. That and you DONT patent ways of sitting on the chair or shapes of the chair, etc.

I realize technology is much more advanced than the chair example, but still some common sense needs to be applied to this whole patent process.

Enron said,
So no patent for slide to unlock?

No, I suppose my garden gate breaches this patent? Oh wait this gate is probably older than Apple itself.

McKay said,

No, I suppose my garden gate breaches this patent? Oh wait this gate is probably older than Apple itself.

Well Apple has a patent for Time Machine on OS X, so maybe they went back in time to patent something before your gate existed.

Enron said,

Well Apple has a patent for Time Machine on OS X, so maybe they went back in time to patent something before your gate existed.

This non-sense comment made my day. Had a great laugh! Cheers.

funkydude said,
Well, at least they aren't filing patents for laptop wedges...

Now to file my patent for wedge shaped phones that have detachable displays. I'll make MILLIONS!!!

AmazingRando said,

Now to file my patent for wedge shaped phones that have detachable displays. I'll make MILLIONS!!!

Would you not then be infringing on two separate patents?

drazgoosh said,

Would you not then be infringing on two separate patents?

Not if the insane loons who approve Apple's patents are responsible.