Microsoft Research yesterday revealed their DisplayCover concept for Surface like devices. It is a peripheral cover and also a tactile keyboard affords users with the comfort and ease of use provided by physical keys. A thinfilm e-ink display with a resolution of 1280 x 305 pixels extends the available screen real estate of the slate device by up to 8% (based on a Microsoft Surface Pro 2 with a 10.6”, 1080p, 208ppi screen). MSR chose this display due to the bistable nature of electrophoretic ink, reducing the secondary screen’s impact on battery life.
DisplayCover supports dynamic UI manipulation, concurrent access to multiple applications, stylus annotation, gestures and trackpad interactions on the horizontal plane.
DisplayCover extends the available screen real estate of tablet computers while mitigating occlusion issues associated with direct pen and touch input.
This is not the first time Microsoft is trying their hands on custom covers for Surface. Read about it here.