11 March 2019
Microsoft is expected to be working on a new Surface Pro device which we may end up calling it the Surface Pro 7. While the details on the same are obscure or we better say there’s nothing to rely on even, new information at least on its possible kickstand has appeared via a patent application.
A Microsoft patent published by USPTO gives a closer look at how the company might be planning to give the kickstand its valuable and meaningful existence with the new Surface Pro device. The patent titled “Friction hinge with clutch-based resistance” elaborates how the new kickstand would work. The patent describes the different opening and closing resistance levels of the kickstand and this is done by a hinge. Basically, the patent revolves around the working of the hinge to describe how it’s going to help the kickstand to work for the Surface Pro.
The patent describes the hinge includes a shaft for rotation and there’s a band surrounding the shaft and a clutch is disposed between the band and the shaft. The clutch includes a collar disposed between the shaft and the band. And, this clutch has been configured to lock and unlock the collar to the shaft. This rotation of the band about the shaft defines difference resistance level.
The rotation of the band about the shaft in a first direction locks the collar on the shaft for frictional movement of the band about the shaft at a first resistance level. The rotation of the belt around the shaft in a second direction unlocks the sleeve from the shaft for frictional movement of the belt about the shaft at a second resistance level lower than the first resistance level.
As you would see in the image provided below and labeled as Fig. 16, the view of friction hinge in which it’s presenting a higher resistance level when turned in an opening direction. And the image with label Fig.17 highlights the lower resistance level presented by the friction hinge when turned in a losing direction.
Well, must note that the patents don't ensure that a particular technique or a product will launch right away. While we expect this hinge to offer an improved kickstand on a new Surface Pro device, we can't neglect the fact that this could just be patented for any future use.