Today, keyboard accessories for tablets primarily use device covers that awkwardly fold over to prop up a tablet. Intel wants to start another trend and filed for a patent for a retractable support mechanism concept as noted in our cover graphic.
They system allows a user to simply press a single button that triggers the slide-up or pop-up bar configuration that will hold a tablet. Intel's design was created for Android and Linux based tablets. Although it lists Windows, Surface tablets come with a backside kick stand. Intel doesn't' list Apple's iPad or iOS.
Intel's patent FIG. 7B is a simplified schematic diagram illustrating an embodiment of a keyboard accessory #10. When the mechanical release button (#26) is activated, the securing mechanism (#32) releases a sliding end (#36c) leaving it free to move along a support channel (#22b).
Further, the tension mechanism (#34) can pull the sliding end (#36c) towards a stationary end (#42). As the sliding end moves towards the stationary end, a support (#14d) can bend or deform at a preformed deformation area (#38).
The preformed deformation area allows the support to naturally form a second housing support profile (e.g., an "A" profile) when the sliding end moves towards the stationary end along support channel. The created second housing support profile can be used to support a tablet as illustrated in FIG. 7B.
Intel filed their patent application back in Q4 2015. Considering that this is a patent application, the timing of such a product to market is unknown at this time.
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