Microsoft Centaurus patents suggest a 360 degree hinge and a magnetic closure

It seems that currently, Microsoft is in the process of making its first foldable Windows 10 device, Centaurus. There is some chance that Microsoft might disclose the device at the Surface event on 2nd October. Frankly, there is very few information that we have regarding Centaurus but let us take a look at them.

Patentscope published the latest patents filed by the tech giant and they suggest that the foldable device will come with two screens and it might include a magnetic closure and a 360-degree hinge.

In the patent, Microsoft described the 360-degree hinge by saying:

“Each device may include a link that receives top and bottom channels for receiving the flexible connection members. Both the first and second flexible connection members can be coupled together through a termination block. In the first and second flexible connection members. Alternatively, it can be used in connection with the termination block to create tension in the flexible connection members.”

Microsoft Centaurus patents suggest a 360 degree hinge and a magnetic closure
Microsoft Centaurus patents suggest a 360 degree hinge and a magnetic closure

“The displays can rotate with respect to each other through 360 degrees. When the device is dual displays, the displays can be face-to-face in a closed position, in a single plane in an open-book or tablet position, and back-to-back in a fully-open position. The hinge mechanism has at least one flexible connection member that follows a generally S-shaped path when the displays are in a tablet position.”

Microsoft Centaurus patents suggest a 360 degree hinge and a magnetic closure
Microsoft Centaurus patents

In another patent, Microsoft described the magnetic closure by saying:

“Multi-sided magnetic access to an electromagnetic coil of a multi-configuration computing device in the presence of one or more metal structures, such as a conductive (eg, metal, graphite) computer device chassis or midframe.”

“The described technology solves one or more of the foregoing problems by providing multi-sided magnetic access to an electromagnetic coil of a multi-configuration computing device in the presence of one or more metal structures, such as a conductive (eg, metal, graphite) computer equipment housing or centre frame.”

To remind, A few months back, it was heard that Microsoft has presented a prototype of a dual-display device to its employees in Redmond. As per information, the device is named Microsoft Centaurus. It might be launched with a Windows Core OS. Or expect a foldable smartphone?

Let’s wait for the Surface Event 2019! Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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