Microsoft patents a cooling dock to keep devices from overheating
A patent shows off a cooling dock that could keep your devices cool.
What you need to know
- Microsoft patented the idea of a cooling dock to keep computing devices from overheating.
- The dock would use a heat sink and fans to keep a device cool.
- As with all patents, this idea might never become a real device.
A patent from Microsoft for a cooling dock for computing devices recently emerged online. The described device combines fans and a heat sink to keep devices cool. Microsoft filed for Patent No. US 10,649,506 B2 on July 17, 2019 and it was published on May 12, 2020. WindowsUnited spotted the patent earlier this week.
The concept of the dock is fairly straightforward. A device, potentially such as a Surface 2-in-1, would have magnets that would help it attach to the dock. The heat from the device would then dissipate through a heat sink that's also cooled with a fan or fans. While devices have gotten thinner and more powerful over the years, they can still easily heat up. Having a cooling dock could help keep temperatures down and devices running quickly.
Here's a description of the cooling dock idea from Microsoft's patent:
Just as with all patents, this device or concept might never see the light of day. Microsoft and other companies file many patents that don't turn into commercially available devices. If it did become a real device, would you want to use it? Let us know in the comments below.
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