“On December 6, 2012, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their intentions of integrating audio sensors and light emitters right into future displays,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“The new system could go far beyond just Macs and iDevices,” Purcher reports. “According to Apple, their new invention could apply to visors for video glasses, to televisions screens to intelligently control the audio for various kinds of action and even apply to next-generation in-vehicle systems that will respond more accurately to voice controls. It sure sounds like Apple has big plans for this invention.”

Purcher reports, “Apple states that television screen may be used as a diaphragm for sound sensing. In one embodiment, the sound sensing may be used in a feedback loop to adjust the volume of the television set when someone is talking or when there is high volume of ambient noise. For example, the television may turn down its volume when someone is talking and may increase its volume when there is a high level of ambient noise.”

Much more, including Apple’s patent application illustrations and diagrams, in the full article here.