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Microsoft patents a foldable phone dock

Microsoft's foldable phone dock shows notifications even in an undocked state. (Source: USPTO)
Microsoft's foldable phone dock shows notifications even in an undocked state. (Source: USPTO)
Microsoft has applied for a patent for a new type of clamshell peripheral device that functions both as a phone dock as well as an independent VoIP speaker for the PC. The device could be launched as an accessory for the iPhone.

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Looks like Microsoft could be making a whole new accessory for the iPhone in 2018 going by a patent filed in the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The device, titled 'User Input Peripheral', would function both as a phone dock that enables hands-free calling as well as an independent speaker that can do VoIP calls from the PC.

The dock looks to be a foldable clamshell type device, which can be tethered wired or wireless to the phone or PC. It will feature notification lights and functions to activate Skype or other VoIP apps on the phone and PC, both in open and closed configurations. It can also offer notifications about incoming calls even when the PC is in sleep mode.

The patent shows pictures wherein an iPhone is docked onto the device implying that Microsoft could be selling this as an iPhone accessory. It is not known whether support for other phone models is planned. Microsoft could also be enabling Cortana-powered notifications on the dock. The concept definitely is an interesting prospect, more so for enterprise customers, and hopefully, Microsoft will bring this to the market soon.

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The device can dock an iPhone to answer incoming calls. (Source: USPTO)
The device can dock an iPhone to answer incoming calls. (Source: USPTO)
The dock features notifications in its folded state when connected to the PC. (Source: USPTO)
The dock features notifications in its folded state when connected to the PC. (Source: USPTO)
The dock can be wired to the PC to take voice input and VoIP calls. (Source: USPTO)
The dock can be wired to the PC to take voice input and VoIP calls. (Source: USPTO)
 

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Though a cell and molecular biologist by training, I have been drawn towards computers from a very young age ever since I got my first PC in 1998. My passion for technology grew quite exponentially with the times, and it has been an incredible experience from being a much solicited source for tech advice and troubleshooting among family and friends to joining Notebookcheck in 2017 as a professional tech journalist. Now, I am a Lead Editor at Notebookcheck covering news and reviews encompassing a wide gamut of the technology landscape for Indian and global audiences. When I am not hunting for the next big story or taking complex measurements for reviews, you can find me unwinding to a nice read, listening to some soulful music, or trying out a new game.
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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2018-01- 1 (Update: 2018-01- 1)