What you need to know
- A Microsoft patent shows a design for a laptop featuring an additional drawing space.
- The patent includes designs with an inking space next to the trackpad and on the back of the detachable keyboard.
- As with all patents, these designs may never be used in a device.
A new patent by Microsoft shows off a potential Surface Book featuring additional inking spaces (via WindowsUnited). The patent includes designs with a digital inking space next to the trackpad and on the back of the detachable keyboard. The device illustrated in the patent appears similar to a Surface Book.
Patent number WO 2019/231647 A1 was filed on May 13, 2019 but was only published today. Its summary describes how the additional inking spaces could work,
The patent includes two different ways to incorporate an inking space. First, as shown in the image above, a laptop could have a dedicated inking space next to the trackpad. Second, as shown in the image below, the inking space could be housed on the back of a detachable keyboard. This second option would provide more space to use for inking but could affect a laptop's durability.
As with all patents, these designs might never be used in a product. They do illustrate that Microsoft is trying to think of new ways to maximize the utility of devices.
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