updated 11:00 am EDT, Fri May 28, 2010
Sony's tablet plans get clue in USPTO filing
Sony's ambitions in the tablet field may have been partly spoiled by a patent filing published on Thursday. The concept is on the surface a dual-touchscreen e-book reader but would change functions as it's rotated. On its side, the device could turn into a notebook with a keyboard below and and content up top.
The design could also have solar power on the outside and would fold up like a notebook. Aside from the extra energy source, it would in many ways follow the design of the now-defunct Microsoft Courier even though Sony had originally filed for the patent as far back as 2008.
As a patent, the Sony technology has no guarantee of making it to market. However, it confirms Sony's considering tablet designs in recent years and could be the template for a design should it decide to compete against the iPad. [via GoRumors]