Microsoft’s new patent for the PhonePad looks like an extended Continuum idea

Radu Tyrsina
by Radu Tyrsina
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The latest phones being released by Microsoft support the Continuum feature. It looks like Continuum will work on other devices as well very soon, as well. A new patent filed by Microsoft for the PhonePad confirms this.

According to the patent, the American multinational technology company headquartered in Redmond, Washington, wants to make it possible to seamlessly sync content from one device to another. In the diagram attached to the patent, we see two devices that appear to be communicating. At the same time, it appears that one device discovers and connects to a second device using a communication link. After that, the first device provides outputs to be presented by the second device.

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In the patent’s full description that can be seen here, there are many devices out there and syncing data between them will use energy, computing resources, and communication bandwidth. If this patent becomes reality, it will help users control a larger device such as a tablet with a handset. For example, if a user reads a book on a tablet and reaches a certain page and stops, it will continue on their smartphone where that user left off on their tablet — proof that a small device can control a larger one.

When filing a patent, it is known that everyone needs disclosure to protect an invention. To make sure that the idea isn’t stolen by the competition, Microsoft has intentionally added a dose of obfuscation and disclosure by naming its patent “PhonePad” to protect its invention from being preempted and at the same time gain legal protection for its idea.

What are your thoughts about the new patent that Microsoft filed?

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  • Of course, many companies routinely patent ideas and never produce products that utilize them. However, if Microsoft were to implement this patent across all their Windows devices, from band, phone, tablet, desktop, and TV. It would almost be like one OS seamlessly displaying content across multiple devices. It would create an incredible synergy that would be an amazing game changer.