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Microsoft patent hints at Surface device with rear touch display

Surface device

Microsoft has patented a new device codenamed “REFLECTIVE
DISPLAY” which appears to hint at a 2-in-1 device (Surface?)
with a display on the back.

The patent was filed by Microsoft with U.S. Patent Office on
May 1, 2017 and it was published by USPTO earlier
today. The patent basically shows off a 2-in-1 device that has
another display on the rear side and Microsoft is calling it
reflective display.

Microsoft Surface patent
Image Courtesy: USPTO

“Consumer demand for smaller and more powerful personal
electronics devices drives innovation to adapt existing device
components for new and/or multiple purposes. Many laptop
computers and accessory keyboards include surface area that
does not a serve a functional electronic utility. For example,
some devices include surface area near a keyboard or touchpad
that is largely unused except as a mechanical support or
resting place for a user’s wrists,” Microsoft explains in the
background section of the patent.

Reflective display patent
Image Courtesy: USPTO

Microsoft has described the patented tech below:

“Implementations described and claimed herein provide a
reflective multi-layer structure that serves as a supplemental
or primary display for an electronic device. In one
implementation, the reflective multi-layer structure forms an
external surface of the electronic device and includes a
light-emitting display that is separated from the external
surface by a dielectric polarizing film and a diffuser. Light
emitted by the light-emitting display is transmitted
sequentially through the dielectric polarizing film and the
diffuser to present information on the external surface”.



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