Yesterday, a Microsoft patent filed back in July surfaced on the internet and started to cause a little bit of stir. Now before we dive straight in, as we always say when we talk patents, let’s just remind ourselves that companies file patents all the time, many (if not most) of which never see the light of day. So with that out of the way – what was the patent for? The patent’s abstract describes a “charging device for one or more input modules for a touch screen device”.
At first, this may seem rather unimpressive. However, as described by Damien McFerran writing for Nintendo Life, within the context of the upcoming Project xCloud and alongside several (at this point completely imaginary) mock-ups provided by Sarang Sheth of Yanko Designs, you do begin to notice something rather interesting. The patent for this charging device – seems to be charging ‘input modules’ that bear a striking, if not blatant, resemblance to Nintendo’s own Joy-Cons.
Well, the truth is – input devices that attach to the sides of mobile devices have been around for some time. However, if these mock-ups are anything close to what is ever produced – the comparisons to the Switch will overflow. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery though, right?