In the Office Labs concept video, the software giant describes the interface as a way where the device can work independently from one another or work in tandem – even when separated.
The separated first and second device can communicate wirelessly. The detachable second device allows a user to utilize the full capabilities of the mobile phone without having to remove the second device away from the user’s ear, thus preserving the privacy of a phone call. The first and second displays can interact with each other or operate independently in the open, closed or detached configurations.
Comprised of 20 different methods of claims, the dual screen looks to cover a variety of features. Here are some notable excerpts from the patent itself:
- The mobile phone can include an open, expanded position and a closed, condensed position. In the open position, both displays are visible and can be flush so that the user feels like there is a single integrated display. For example, one application (e.g., a map application) can extend between both displays. In a closed position, the second display can tuck beneath the first device so that the mobile phone is reduced in size and can be easily carried.
- One or both of the devices can include an accelerometer for receiving user input. The user input from the accelerometer can be used for gaming applications. For example, the second device can be used as a gaming control that wirelessly communicates motion information to the first device.
- Both the first and second devices can communicate wirelessly there between while simultaneously communicating with a wireless communication network. Thus, for example, the first device can be used as a base unit for communicating with the wireless communication network while the second device acts as a handset in constant wireless communication with the first device. Additionally, both devices can be used as handsets to allow two people at one end of a phone call to participate in a private conversation