iPhone Touchscreen Could Be Pressure Sensitive According To Patent Filing

force-patent-displayEarlier today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published an Apple patent which describes a device that has built-in pressure sensors which will work together in tandem with touchscreen input so that an enhanced user interface navigation experience will happen. It has been described as Apple’s “Gesture and touch input detection through force sensing” patent application, where the nitty gritty boils down to this – a particular device (a future iPhone, we presume) would make use of the standard multitouch display that has a minimum of three force sensors that are located underneath the screen’s surface. Using these pressure-sensitive components around the device’s corners as well as other known areas would allow them to be in a special position of functioning as a secondary mode of input.

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    Motorola Patent Will Help Drivers Avoid Obstacles On The Road

    motorola-patent-figure-264x350Have you ever been driving behind a car only to have them suddenly swerve to the left or right? We’re sure most drivers have encountered something like that and it’s not because the driver in front is drunk, but it could be that they suddenly spotted debris on the road that had to be avoided, like a broken off car part, rubbish, road kill, a pot hole, and so on. This can be very dangerous to drivers at either side and at the back who might not know what the heck just happened, but that’s a problem that Motorola is interested in solving. In a recent patent by Motorola, it talks about how cars will come equipped with sensors and cameras that will be able to snap photos of the obstacle and relay it to other drivers, warning them of what’s to come.

    According to the patent’s description, “An inter-vehicle alert system controls the camera to initiate capturing video data which includes the video data. A method of operation modulates a radar signal to include at least a portion of the video data captured in response to detecting an obstruction, and transmits the radar signal to a second vehicle via an antenna array oriented at the moving vehicle’s rear.” It’s actually interesting that Motorola is the one who patented it, not Google who might be working on it with their Google X team, or the team behind the self-driving car, but either way it is a pretty cool idea, don’t you think?

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    Apple Patents Interchangeable Lens Method For The iPhone

    14.01.28-Camera-1Wouldn’t it be cool if our smartphone cameras could perform more photography-related functions? Right now our smartphone cameras can take photos normally or zoom in, and that’s pretty much it. If you wanted a wide-angle shot, a macro shot, or an even longer zoom shot, you’d have to buy third party accessories like the Olloclip that is basically an external camera lens that you can attach to your smartphone. Alternative you could always go for Sony’s offering in the form of the QX10 and the QX100 which are admittedly more expensive and bulky, although with much better optics. (more…)

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    Apple Patents Solar Powered MacBook With Dual Displays

    14.01.28-RearSolar powered devices are an interesting concept, although given the technology these days, especially towards more commercial products, it feels more like a novelty feature rather than a functional one. That being said we expect that there will come a day when solar powered charging can be brought to consumer products that will be just as efficient as the solar farms out there, but in the meantime it seems that Apple has toyed around with such an idea for its MacBook series of laptops. In a recent patent granted to Apple, it hints at a MacBook system in which a two-sided glass laptop display will be used.

    While the display inside the laptop will be used normally, the outside display is expected to house photovoltaic cells used for solar charging, and at the same time act as a secondary display that houses sensors that can be used for touch input as well. In a way this sounds like hybrid Windows 8 devices we’ve seen hit the market, with the main difference being that Apple’s system will feature solar powered charging capabilities. It sounds like a nifty idea although we’re not sure if Apple will even implement such a system. After all most Windows 8 hybrid devices tend to be rather thick and with Apple placing such a huge emphasis on making devices light and thin, we’re not sure if that is something they’d sacrifice just for the added features, but what do you guys think?

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    Symantec Patents Method To Weed Out Fake Or Malicious Torrents

    Symantec Patents Method To Weed Out Fake Or Malicious TorrentsFor the most part when it comes to downloading torrents, spotting a fake or one laced with malware is relatively easy as you would only have to scan the comments and the negative votes. However there are times when the torrent might be new or unpopular which means that comments and votes are not available, so how do you tell then if the torrent you are about to download is a fake or contains malware? Well thanks to a Symantec patent, it seems that the anti-virus company is hoping to help make your future torrent downloads a safer and much more informed one at that. After all no one likes spending hours downloading a torrent only to find out it’s a dud, right? (more…)

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    Apple Patent Allows User Interface To Shift And Change Depending On User’s Motion

    Apple Patent Allows User Interface To Shift And Change Depending On Users MotionWhen running with your smartphone in your hand, sometimes it can be hard to press certain buttons or launch certain apps because the phone keeps bouncing around. Well Apple is hoping to compensate for that in a patent which seems to suggest that iOS devices will be able to adjust the screen to compensate for movement. For example one of the ways could be that music playback control buttons could be made larger when running to make them easily identifiable and easier to press. Icons could also “stabilize” themselves so that when moving, you can press them easily, ultimately giving the user the illusion that the phone is very stable.

    Naturally this application will rely on Apple’s built-in sensors in their iOS devices, like the gyroscope, proximity sensor, accelerometer, and so on in order for it to work, and just like autocorrect, the phone will eventually be able to “learn” the user’s touches in order to better correct for errors. Now this is hardly considered to be a groundbreaking feature, but it is a feature of convenience that will probably be appreciated in the long run. The patent was filed for back in 2007 so there’s no telling if Apple plans on ever applying to future iOS devices, or if it was simply an idea that Apple had thought up of but never planned on making a reality. What do you guys think? Is this a feature you’d love to see in future iOS devices, or other smartphones in general?

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