Microsoft dreams of smart charging pad with information display (update: prototype pics)

It’s no Courier, but for a charging pad, this is a pretty interesting concept. According to a patent filed by Microsoft’s Beijing office, the idea for such a pad is that it can have one side dedicated to inductive charging (maybe for a future Zune or even Microsoft’s own phones), while the other side can be used for displaying useful information “such as weather conditions, sports scores, news headlines.” It may not sound very practical at first blush, but have a listen at this — the built-in accelerometer and the charging surface’s load detector help determine which side isn’t in use, thus switching that side off to reduce power consumption. Voilà! As for why the eggheads suggested adding a light panel for glowing up a glass prism — it’s the new crystal ball.

Update: looks like this device has been around since March 2009! Reader jihuiwen — who happens to be affiliated with Microsoft Research Asia — has just hit us with some photos of a prototype device based on this patent. It’s called the uPad (please, don’t start), and as you can see after the break, it wirelessly charges a modified Wireless Laser Mouse 7000. We want one.

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Microsoft dreams of smart charging pad with information display (update: prototype pics) originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 22 Feb 2010 15:42:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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