New patent from Microsoft lets devices work as a team
Microsoft thinks that best way to sell more devices is to make more devices that do the same thing. According to a new patent application by the company called “Mobile Device Collaboration” it describes how multiple mobile devices could be placed next to each other to share pixels, using proximity sensors to correctly orient one image across a plethora of screens. MS also wants phones to combine antennas to boost signal strength, CPUs to handle intensive tasks, and even batteries to source out power to multiple devices. How this is achievable will be something unique to observe. These include the ability to use multiple processors to perform tasks that are otherwise not possible or when the processing power of a single device is not enough for the task. Using power from nearby devices when connected via wired interface, several phones can share battery power. E.g. for call forwarding when one phone runs out of power. Increase the coverage range of an operator for better call reception, by using the antennas from devices nearby.
Microsoft’s Mobile Device Collaboration patent could even give us that multiple camera angle-recording feature that DVDs had promised us, right for our personal use.