Has Microsoft seen the future of PCs, phones and tablets with its stackable 'modular computing device'?
"Microsoft has patented what it calls a 'modular computing device', which includes the use of stackable components to allow for simpler PC upgrade processes.
The patent, filed on 7 July 2015 but only surfacing in published form late last week, features a 'display device physically and communicatively coupled to the housing via a hinge, and one or more display hardware elements disposed within the housing that are configured to output a display for display by the display device'.
The filing also describes a ‘computing modular component’ also in a housing connected to the display component, as a well as a ‘processing system’ and memory also ‘disposed within the housing’.
The upshot of all this, basically, is a Lego-style snap-together PC, taking the existing concepts of computers that can be upgraded by a user, but doing away with the need to open anything up.”
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