New details about Microsoft’s potential next hardware project have emerged today, which suggest a foldable Surface smartphone/tablet hybrid device could be in the works.
A recently published patent – first spotted by Windows Latest – shows that the Windows maker is exploring technological solutions for how a future OS will operate on a dual-screen foldable device.
The patent explains that a series of ultrasound sensors on either side of the device will determine how the user interface is displayed. The sensors will calculate the distance between them and, presumably, switch the device into the appropriate mode (tablet/phone/PC) or display relevant information for the device’s current shape.
Of course this is just a patent and the drawings in the application may never become a physical reality, but it does tally with other leaks that have emerged about Microsoft’s next two big hardware projects: Andromeda and Centaurus.
Both are 2-in-1 focused, possibly with foldable display technology, with the former being a “pocket” device and the latter a tablet PC. The upcoming version of Windows that will power these devices will be versatile enough to deliver the appropriate level of functionality depending on device shape. More
Jay McGregor Contributor