A new patent application suggests that Microsoft could be
working on a device that will come with the multi-part camera
system. According to the patent, the camera system will have
a body and a flexible mount, and it would be able to
reduce the tilt error.
First noticed by us, the patent titled “Self-aligning
multi-part camera system” was published by USPTO earlier
today and filed by Microsoft in 2016.
“In some multi-part electronic devices, at least two of the
multiple parts can be positioned to overlap each other to
provide a specific operation for the camera. As just one
example, the overlapped mode may provide for additional
focusing options based on using optical elements in a second
part of the device with a main camera part in a first part of
the device when the first and second parts of the device are
overlapped,” Microsoft explains in the background section of
the patent application.
The device feature multiple displays or body parts with one
part comprising a camera and there is another camera module
which is mounted on the second part of the device. The two
cameras are aligned together.
Microsoft has explained the technology below:
“A multi-part electronic device has a mode with at least two
overlapped device parts comprising a first camera part mounted
on a first device part and a second camera part mounted on a
second device part. At least one of the first and second camera
parts is resiliently mounted such that contact between the
first and second camera parts when the first device part and
the second device part are overlapped with each other aligns
the first camera part and the second camera part within a
selected angular deviation between the camera parts’ respective
optical axes. A camera part having a body and a flexible mount
and a method of reducing tilt error are also described”.
“In one implementation, the first camera part comprises a first
resilient camera mount attached to the first device part and
the second camera part comprises a second resilient camera
mount attached to the second device part. The first and second
camera parts are positioned at rest in respective protruded
positions protruding relative to respective surrounding
surfaces. Contact between the first and second camera parts
urges at least one of the camera parts to withdraw inwardly
relative to its protruded position,” the patent reads.