Microsoft’s latest foldable device patent finds a way to detect user focus

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Microsoft foldable phone patent
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Microsoft last year surrendered in the smartphone battle and
while the future of its mobile push is uncertain, the company
is reportedly working on a new mobile-type device behind the
closed doors. Codenamed Andromeda, Microsoft’s next Windows 10
device is said to be foldable with mobile features. While
Microsoft keeps every little detail secret, the patents have
revealed quite a lot about Andromeda.

A new patent titled “Detecting user focus on hinged
multi-screen device” talks about a foldable device which can
detect the focus of the user. The patent was granted to
Microsoft on May 10, 2018.

The patented foldable device features two display, and it
can determine a user focus to find out the display which
is being viewed by the user.

Microsoft in the patent application explains that
the device could also determine the new focus of the
user if the original focus changed from the first display to
the second display. This would reduce the
battery consumption of the device as the display which is
not in the viewpoint of the user will be powered off.

The company explains that foldable devices could consume
excessive power if one of the screens is facing away from
the user but the screen is still powered on. “Currently,
multi-screen mobile devices may continue to power that screen
even though it is not being viewed by the user, which can lead
to excessive power usage,” Microsoft explains one of the
biggest problems in such a device.

Foldable phone patent
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Microsoft has already figured out a solution and it could be
implemented in Andromeda. “The processor may be configured
to detect a current angular orientation between the pair of
display devices indicating that the pair of display devices are
facing away from each other, determine a current user focus
indicating that a first display device of the pair of display
devices is being viewed by the user and that a second display
device of the pair of display devices is not being viewed by
the user
,” Microsoft explains.

A smartphone would make little no sense at this point because
Microsoft has already discontinued the platform for
mobile. Microsoft could reignite its mobile strategy with
such a device called Andromeda. The device would offer multiple
form factors and possibly including phone capabilities.

More information about Andromeda could possibly surface in the
fall of this year when Microsoft will unveil Windows 10
Redstone 5 update. Obviously, there’s no point in getting
your hopes too high because the patents not always convert
into physical products.



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