A new patent application has just been published by USPTO. It is reportedly developed by Microsoft and is exclusively designed for a new peripheral device that Microsoft is looking forward to coming up with. The Microsoft folding phone type device, which actually is not a surface phone will supposedly make it easier to make phone calls. The device will be called “User Input Peripheral”. Apart from functioning as a phone dock with built-in speakers and microphone, the clamshell device will function independently as a VOIP speaker for the PC.
With Microsoft folding phone related device, the company seems to be interested in the peripheral market which is mostly dominated by Apple. With this particular device, the American multinational technology company is targeting the enterprise customers. The dock will come with external feature notification lights and buttons. Microsoft wants to make it easy for the users to activate specific VOIP applications like Skype on their iPhone or PC.
The folding phone-related device could come in various connectivity modes. It can be wired and tethered to the PC or be wireless and be connected to the PC or phone via Bluetooth. Once the connection is established, the PC would offer a notification feature even if the PC is in the sleeping mode.
When the device is not docked, it would feature a spring-loaded connector. In this state too, it can deliver audio and visual notifications so that users can receive the incoming VOIP phone calls.
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The device is reported, in an advanced state of planning. From the completeness of the renders, it can be predicted that the firm might join the accessories program of Apple in 2018.
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Source: US Patent