Microsoft patent for interchangeable smartphone accessories

It's not often that Microsoft thinks up with an impressive piece of hardware. Its Xbox 360 console is the only piece of kit I've purchased from the company for as long as I can remember, however, if it was to produce the smartphone detailed in this patent application, I'd be adopting Windows Phone in a heartbeat.

As you can see from the image above, it's a slider smartphone that doesn't just boast a physical QWERTY keyboard, but rather a whole host of exchangeable accessories. In addition to the keyboard, there's a remote control, a battery, and a rather strange looking device for videos.

Of course, the downside to a device like this is toting all of these accessories around with you everywhere you go, however, I think that's something we could manage. I mean, you wouldn't need all of the accessories all of the time, so you'd only need to take one or two with your while you're on the go.

And imagine the possibilities with a device like this: you could have dedicated gaming controls like those on the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, then swap them out for a physical keyboard in an instant.

Since Microsoft doesn't currently make Windows Phone hardware, it's a shame to think that this device will never really be produced, and that the idea has simply been patented to stop other companies from using it. And if that's the case, what a waste!

What do you think of the device in Microsoft's patent? Would you like to see a handset with exchangeable accessories like those above?

[via SlashGear]