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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.

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.

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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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2018-01- 1 (Update: 2018-01- 1)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam - News Editor
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.