Microsoft is likely to add a “page flipping”-like feature in its much anticipated Andromeda device. This new feature was hinted by one of the latest patents that Microsoft has applied for in the past. The company applied for the patent with the title “Navigational Aid for a Hinged Device via Semantic Abstraction” back in January 2017. The patent application was published by the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) on August 2, 2018. The application shows off a device with a dual screen which is similar to what Andromeda is supposed to be. This patent was initially spotted by Windows Latest.
According to the application, Microsoft states that “mobile devices” with multiple displays that are connected together with the help of a hinge introduce “complexities” which can not be fixed with the help of “conventional gesture input”. The company goes on to draw a parallel with a book thinking that users can view two pages on such devices “in a way that resembles” a book or a notebook. The application goes on to state that such devices with hinge can be used to make content such as journal entries, documents, or notes.
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According to the report, the company adds, “Some users may not organize their created content, and thus finding specific content within their created content can be challenging and time-consuming. This can detract from user enjoyment and lead to user frustration when using these types of devices.” The entire concept looks similar to the infamous Courier concept tablet that Microsoft canceled all these years ago.
However, the application goes on to add that the company has solved such navigation problems with devices in such a form factor. The company plans to use a new method of using navigational aids to improve the user experience while navigating through the user-generated content.
The document goes on to explain this method where the user can scan through the pages of user-generated content to look for what they want. All these pages will be categorized based on “a variety of different information (e.g., metadata) associated with the content, the user, and/or other users that view or co-author the content.”