Recently we reported that Microsoft has shown a flexible dual-screen device to its employees in a meeting. The company has been working on the dual screen concept for some time now and is expected to showcase a prototype soon.
While Microsoft is still working on the device, the company has filed a new patent which describes a similar device. The patent titled “MOVEABLE DISPLAY SUPPORTS, COMPUTING DEVICES USING SAME, AND METHODS OF USE” was filed by Microsoft back in 2017 and was granted by the USPTO (via Windows Latest) on June 6, 2019. The patent describes a display which can be bent into two parts and it uses a similar hinge as the one on Surface Book.
A moveable display support is included and is connected to the back surface of the display and is configured to limit bending in one direction to a first bend radius while maintaining strain on the thin film transistor matrix below a predetermined amount of strain by elongating the moveable display support during bending.
A computing device is disclosed that includes an organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display. The OLED display has a front surface and a back surface. The computing device includes a moveable display support connected to the back surface of the display. In some implementations, the moveable display support is configured to limit bending in one direction to a first bend radius and to limit bending in another direction to a second bend radius. In some implementations, the moveable display support is formed by a plurality of unit cells.
We do expect to see a foldable device from Microsoft. While the company hasn’t announced any official dates or details about the device, we do expect it to talk more about it at their annual Surface event in October.