Apple files patent for camera built into laptop lid latch

“On September 15, 2005, the US Patent & Trademark Office revealed Apple’s patent application 20050201047 entitled Camera Latch. The inventor listed is Christoph H. Krah for serial number 800166, originally filed March 12, 2004. In this report: Background and Summary of the Invention along with special sections entitled Specific Points of Interest and Symbol Illumination System,” Macsimum News reports. “The following Apple invention relates to a unique Camera that’s built right into a Laptop computer via a new latch. The patent states: The portable computer includes a base. The portable computer also includes a lid that pivots relative to the base. The portable computer further includes a latch including a data capture device such as a camera that is configured to secure the lid to the base.”

Macsimum News writes, “Having a camera for stills or video conferencing built right into a laptop is long over due. In order for iChat AV to be ubiquitous, Apple has to provide this built-in feature on all their laptops. In addition, the fact that the camera will also be considered for other applications is very interesting, especially for the iPod, standard monitors and yes even televisions. The unit’s ability to use a functional illumination system to provide users with various status conditions could be interesting. When the unit is closed, the latch could be assigned a color LED scheme that could notify you that that new email has arrived or that someone is urgently trying to reach you via iChat AV for a work related brainstorming session or urgent problem. I’m sure that you could think of other unique applications here.”

Full article, along with links to the patent application here.

32 Comments

  1. – Haven’t Sony’s Vile-o laptops been doing this for ages?

    Ya, but they never set the trend and not many companies wanted to copy or follow, just like the earlier MP3 player before iPod.

    Apple will make this one so appealing that every others companies will make this as a standard thingy.

    Remember, only Apple can set the trend.

  2. >>The iSight Camera, as nice as it is, is about 3x as expensive as it should be.<<

    I’ve seen a lot of Web cameras, and those under $100 definitely look it. Any with comparable video and audio have prices similar to (or higher than) the iSight.

  3. Dear PC Apologist

    You seem to spend a lot of time on these Mac forums? What’s the matter, got nowhere else to play?

    Go to PC Daily News and try your luck there!

    You are an annoying chap to say the least!

    A Pajero in fact!

  4. PC Apologist,

    I bet you’re one of those guys who goes to gay clubs “just to see what they’re like.”

    In other words, you’re a clost Mac Lover.

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