Microsoft is currently working on a foldable dual-screen Windows 10 PC codenamed Centaurus. The software giant is also expected to talk about it at the October 2 hardware event, which is all set to take place in New York.
While we don’t know much about the upcoming foldable device, Microsoft filed yet another patent for its foldable Windows 10 device. Titled ‘Device with Split imaging system,’ the new patent was published by USPTO on September 10.
In the patent application, Microsoft envisions a device with two body sections. The first portion includes “a movable imaging unit,” while the second section has what it called “an optical unit”. “In the first mode, the imaging unit and the optical unit are fixed in a set relative position due to magnetic interaction between the magnets. In the second mode, the imaging unit is positioned away from the optical unit,” Microsoft explained. “Some or all of the above embodiments have a technical effect of making use of the separate body sections that a foldable, sliding or modular device may have”.
According to Microsoft, split camera design might have a role to play in making the foldable device ‘thinner’ in the camera region.
“The arrangement of magnetic elements disclosed herein has a technical effect of accurate alignment and locking of the relative position of the imaging unit 110 and the optical unit,” the patent reads.