Microsoft proposes for Cortana to replace instruction manuals
Microsoft is always looking for ways to make their AI more useful and weave her more tightly into our lives. Their latest move is to use Cortana to help users set up other devices, as described in a recent patent application. They...
Microsoft patents active bezels for windows tablets
Microsoft has applied for a patent for a new form of palm rejection which would allow them to use more narrow bezels on their Windows tablets. The patent would rely on adding touch sensors to the bezel itself, something which is v...
You may soon be able to Sign to Unlock with your Surface Pen (patent)
A major focus for Microsoft over the last few years has been bringing a Natural User Interface to Windows 10, which has meant in practice more integration of voice, touch and stylus to allow us to operate our PCs in a way that is ...
Microsoft may bring back the jog dial to their tablets and Surface Pen (patent)
In the early 2000’s, when one-handed use of gadgets was still important, Sony devices were particularly sought after due to their popular jog dials, which let users quickly and easily access a wide number of features with on...
Microsoft patents ultimate Helicopter Parental Control
It is widely believed that the best way to keep children safe on the internet is education and appropriate supervision, such as having a PC in a public area of the home, rather than a bedroom. In the days of 8 year olds having sma...
Newly published Microsoft patent aims to eliminate paper
Anyone who works in an office would attest that the paperless office remains a dream, with computers and printers often resulting in mountains of papers building up around one’s desk. A recently published patent by Microsoft...
Microsoft patents a foldable phone-to-tablet mobile device
A new patent applied by Microsoft went public today and it describes a foldable tablet supported by a flexible hinge. When an average consumer makes a decision to buy a device, a size of the device becomes a primary consideration....
Microsoft invented a flexible heat pipe just for the HoloLens
With the majority of virtual reality headsets simply being containers for your phone or screens tethered to your PC, it’s sometimes difficult to remember that the HoloLens contains a full PC and dedicated SoC performing mill...
Microsoft patent propose using everyday objects as HoloLens controls
While Microsoft’s HoloLens technology is great for displaying information from the virtual world, actually controlling that presentation is still relatively awkward, involving a series of gaze and hand gestures which remain ...