A new patent suggests that Microsoft could plan a number of revolutionary changes for the Surface Pro 8, with a new Type Cover that could come with a built-in solar panel.
As Windows Latest points out, the patent was filed as early as 2018 and has just been made public, suggesting that Microsoft may have been thinking about this technology for some time – and is working on it – and could find its way to a future Surface Pro device , such as the inevitable Surface Pro 8.
The patent, called "Cover of mobile device with integrated solar panel", shows a device very similar to the Surface Pro tablet, with a & # 39; lens hood & # 39; which acts as a standard, with an integrated keyboard, just like the existing Surface Pro Type Cover.
What is remarkable about this is that the rear of the new hood has four solar panels that can be used to charge the device via a light source.
Even charges on cloudy days
Interestingly, it looks like the solar panels can work with artificial light (as long as they are placed near the panels), so you can use it indoors or on cloudy days.
The cover can also be used to charge the device while it is in use.
By placing the solar panels on the stand, they can be placed in a corner to capture as much light as possible, while you can also work on the device.
If this finds its way to a future device, such as the Surface Pro 8, it can mean that you rarely have to worry about charging the device when you are on the move.
That can be a real game changer and it will be interesting to see if Microsoft can successfully integrate solar panels into a device without compromising its weight or aesthetics.
As is often the case with patents, this technology may never see the light of day (excuse the pun), but we would like to see it next to the Surface Pro 8. If it does indeed come as a separate cover, it means that the & # 39; It will be an optional extra and it may be the spark of innovation that we have followed following a series of Surface Pro releases that have played it a bit too safe for our taste.