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October 28, 2018

Microsoft Revealed Lumia 640 Prototype with Secondary e-ink Display Cover at UbiComp 2018

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Microsoft Research come with a new concept Lumia 640 smartphone display cover, with a secondary e-Ink screen designed to improve productivity and convenience. The project was demoed at recently held UbiComp 2018, a conference on pervasive and ubiquitous computing that is being held in Singapore.

The Redmond giant also showcased a working prototype display with Alcantara cover less than 3mm thick in total fully integrated with a Lumia 640 making it comparable to a regular protective cover.

The Lumia 640 prototype with secondary e-Ink Alcantara display cover featured a  five touch ‘buttons’ at the bottom of the display which can be used to captured a screenshot of primary display and rendered on the e-ink display.

As documented in the research paper, the touch buttons and display is connected to interface circuitry added to the rear of the Lumia 640 via a flat-flex cables which run through the flip cover ‘hinge’ along with a bend sensor. the cover consists of a bezel of soft-touch fabric which is heat-bonded to the display and to the rear surface of Alcantarax using custom-made heated tooling. to reduce cost and lead time the Microsoft Research team 3D printed a tooling in stainless steel at Shapeways. the interface circuit is powered via a connection to the phone’s battery and uses a Bluetooth for communication with the phone. they designed a slightly larger rear cover for the phone to house the interface electronics and  3D-printed the first prototype covers but moved to vacuum-casting for improved strength.


Microsoft Research team said, this  concept Display Cover is the first smartphone flip-cover with a fully integrated interactive e-ink display integrated in such a thin form factor and without materially affecting battery life.

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Coming to reality we all know, the fate of Windows Phone and Lumia smartphone’s — Its long dead but this research can drew ideas for Microsoft’s upcoming projects such as Surface lineup, or Microsoft Andromeda. previously, Yota, Russian Mobile Maker also announced YotaPhone with secondary e-Ink display, powered by Snapdragon 625, 4GB RAM, and a massive 3300 mAh battery. you can read more about it here.

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About Microsoft Research

Microsoft Research is the research subsidiary of Microsoft. It was formed in 1991, with the intent to advance state-of-the-art computing and solve difficult world problems through technological innovation in collaboration with academic, government, and industry researchers. The Microsoft Research team employs more than 1,000 computer scientists, physicists, engineers, and mathematicians, including Turing Award winners, Fields Medal winners, MacArthur Fellows, and Dijkstra Prize winners. know more about Microsoft Research here.

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Microsoft Research come with a new concept Lumia 640 smartphone display cover, with a secondary e-Ink screen designed to improve productivity and convenience. The project was demoed at recently held UbiComp 2018, a conference on pervasive and ubiquitous computing that is being held in Singapore.
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