Microsoft currently is in the process of making its first foldable device reportedly codenamed Centaurus. Since Microsoft’s foldable Windows 10 device is currently in the development phase, we have only a few pieces of information related to the product, for example, and this is obvious — Centaurus will have two screens.
Beyond that, Microsoft’s upcoming foldable Windows 10 device might have a magnetic closure and a 360-degree hinge, according to latest patents filed Microsoft Microsoft and published by Patentscope.
Talking about the 360-degree hinge, here is how Microsoft described it in the patent:
Each device may include a link that receives top and bottom channels for receiving the flexible connection members. Both the first and second flexible connection members can be coupled together through a termination block. In the first and second flexible connection members. Alternatively, it can be used in connection with the termination block to create tension in the flexible connection members.
Each device may include a hinge eyelet having upper and lower channels for receiving the flexible connectors. Both the first and the second flexible connection element can be coupled to one another via a termination block. A screw may be threaded through the hinge tab and slide on the terminal block to create tension in the first and second flexible connectors. Alternatively, a spring may be used in conjunction with the terminal block to create stresses in the flexible connectors.
In another patent, the Surface maker has described the magnetic enclosure.
Multi-sided magnetic access to an electromagnetic coil of a multi-configuration computing device in the presence of one or more metal structures, such as a conductive (eg, metal, graphite) computer device chassis or midframe.
The described technology solves one or more of the foregoing problems by providing multi-sided magnetic access to an electromagnetic coil of a multi-configuration computing device in the presence of one or more metal structures, such as a conductive (eg, metal, graphite) computer equipment housing or center frame.
Microsoft is could talk showcase its foldable Windows 10 device at the Surface event, which is taking place on October 2. However, things may change at the last moment and it might meet the same fate as the Surface Mini, which never saw the daylight.