Microsoft is looking to introduce an improved detachability mechanism in the future Surface Book devices. The new mechanism, as per Microsoft, will help users change the form factor quicker.
Titled ‘Locking mechanism,’ Microsoft’s new patent has discussed how the company is planning to improve the detachability mechanism in the future Surface Book devices.
The plan is to connect the base and the display through a secure locking mechanism. The key differentiating factor in the new secure locking mechanism is the presence of locking protrusion, locking receptacle and a magnet. “A minimal gap between the first and the second portion” can also be achievable, thanks to the secure nature of the locking mechanism.
“In addition or in the alternative, in some embodiments it may be desirable for the insertion force required to insert the locking protrusion into the locking receptacle (including a lock, such as a rolling lock 360, and/or other locking components) to be minimal,” Microsoft explains.
“In some embodiments, the tension force may be resisted without losing electrical communication between the first portion and the second portion. In some embodiments, the tension force may be resisted without plastically deforming locking components of the locking mechanism.”
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