New York (The Verge) — Microsoft is working on foldable Surface devices with liquid-powered hinges theverge.com/2019/9/13/2086….
Microsoft appears to be working on a variety of dual-screen and foldable prototypes. The software maker is expected to tease a new dual-screen Surface at its press event in October, but there could be a lot more to come.
The liquid can be filled inside cavities around the flexible display to help it bend and move into different positions. Microsoft’s example shows a device with two separate sides and a flexible OLED display that extends across the entire device. Microsoft has long been focused on complex and impressive hinge work with its Surface devices, and this particular hinge is described in a lot of detail in the patent filing.
The most interesting part of this patent filing is that it’s been filed by “Microsoft technology licensing,” which could indicate the company will license this technology to other partners and PC makers. Microsoft is currently working closely with Intel and a number of OEMs to ready a new version of Windows, codenamed “Windows Lite,” that will run on foldable and dual-screen devices. This new Windows version will be targeted toward dual-screen and foldable hardware. Microsoft has also previously licensed some of its Surface Pro hinge work to partners. — Tom Warren/@verge