Microsoft has patented a “modular computing device” , which comes from one of Microsoft’s Surface designers.
So it’s unsurprising to see a Surface-like tablet feature in the patent as the display component in the modular set-up. It would be connected to a click-on base module, consisting of a stackable arrangement that would allow users to swap out components, such as a core and graphics processing systems and memory.
Microsoft envisages the different modules would be held together magnetically or with a series of mechanical latches, supported by “protrusions and cavities” that would allow the user to “drop in” a new component into the one of the housings.
But the patent also alludes to the potential use of Microsoft’s other hardware projects, such as Kinect and its upcoming HoloLens headset.
Microsoft applied for the patent in July 2015, and it was published earlier this week, on February 11.
Few months ago, Acer has launched a similar product called Revo Build. Even Razer had produced a similar desktop called Project Christine.