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Microsoft Patents Shape Shifting Screen

Posted on November 30, 2010

Light Induced Shape Memory Polymer Screen… this is the title of a recent patent filed by Microsoft on November 25, 2010. What in the world is this you might ask? It is a screen that can give you feedback and adjust the texture under your fingers. Sounds pretty cool and could be a feature in next-generation cell phones and tablets. Seeing as Microsoft has recently entered the mobile phone market this feature if it can be mass-produced cost-effectively may give them the edge over the competition.

The patent states:
A light-induced shape-memory polymer display screen is provided herein. One example display device includes a display screen having a topography-changing layer including a light-induced shape-memory polymer. The display device further includes an imaging engine configured to project visible light onto the display screen, where the visible light may be modulated at a pixel level to form a display image thereon. The display device further includes a topography-changing engine configured to project agitation light of an ultraviolet band towards the display screen, where the agitation light is modulated at a pixel level to selectively change a topography of the topography-changing layer.

Read the full patent here.

Sounds pretty interesting. I have always disliked touch screen keyboards on cell phones and have stuck with RIM’s BlackBerry products because of this but this technology could be the best of both worlds.

Read more on CNET.com

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