The tech giant Microsoft has sought to reinvent itself and introduce some innovative products and concepts such as Windows 10 and Surface in recent years. Hence, to take this forward, the tech giant Microsoft files a patent for a ‘Dual Display Device’ with an e-paper display.
Forget Apple’s Touch Bar, Microsoft Develops E-Paper Display
In recent years, Microsoft has sought to reinvent itself and introduce some innovative products and concepts such as Windows 10 and Surface.
Following this path, Microsoft has patented a new e-paper cover that allows to add to the Surface a customizable screen with the most diverse functions, in the style of the new touch bar of Apple Macbook.
At the end of last year, Apple introduced its new MacBook accompanied by a novelty, the touch bar. Without reaching consensus on its usefulness, this tool reinforced and gave value to a concept that had already been started especially in the world of gamers.
Not wanting to be left behind in this type of tools, Microsoft recently presented a patent that proposes the creation of an e-paper cover that can be added to a Surface. This layer consists of a touch surface that, besides being able to present a keyboard, can also be customized with several other options and shortcuts like the control of the music player or video, shortcuts of keys, control of games, among others.
“The visually static user controls may comprise controls for a music/video player and the visually dynamic user controls may show thumbnails of album art (e.g. for the particular song or album or related songs). The visually dynamic user controls may in addition or alternatively comprise other, dynamic, controls for the music/video player such as a slider for scrolling through the track (where the visually static controls are the controls for stop, play, pause, skip, etc.).
“Similarly for gaming, the visually static user input controls may provide the standard user input functionality (e.g. left, right, jump) and the dynamic user input controls may provide user input functionality that is only available at certain points in the game for which the visual representation changes frequently (e.g. where the control displays the number of lives or bullets that a user has left)”.
This case comes with the concept of the Apple touch bar, but with an extended working area to occupy the entire area of the common keyboard, thus allowing more space for the positioning of the various functions.
Although this is an interesting idea, it is not certain that the tech giant Microsoft produces it, since many of the ideas patented that were never see the light of day.
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