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Sony patenting dual-screen tablet, notebook hybrid

updated 11:00 am EDT, Fri May 28, 2010

Sony's tablet plans get clue in USPTO filing

Sony's ambitions in the tablet field may have been partly spoiled by a patent filing published on Thursday. The concept is on the surface a dual-touchscreen e-book reader but would change functions as it's rotated. On its side, the device could turn into a notebook with a keyboard below and and content up top.

The design could also have solar power on the outside and would fold up like a notebook. Aside from the extra energy source, it would in many ways follow the design of the now-defunct Microsoft Courier even though Sony had originally filed for the patent as far back as 2008.

As a patent, the Sony technology has no guarantee of making it to market. However, it confirms Sony's considering tablet designs in recent years and could be the template for a design should it decide to compete against the iPad. [via GoRumors]

by MacNN Staff



  1. psdenno

    Joined: Dec 1969


    And in further news of interest....

    .... on this onetime Mac-centric site, temperatures in Palm Springs, California are expected to top 95 degrees today.

  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Let Me Guess

    This'll be running Win 7, so it'll be a lousy tablet, and with an on-screen keyboard, it'll be a lousy laptop as well. Seems like they'll have a mediocre experience in all its usage modes.

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969


    obvious idea

    many companies talked about doing this, so why does Sony get a patent on it? They didn't invent it, the idea is obvious.

    But Sony gets, if the application is approved, the monopoly right on the idea. Just because they are bold enough to patent first an obvious idea.

    And that is the patent world for you...not enabling innovation, but stifling it by giving obvious ideas to one company to implement or license.

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