Apple patent shows LCD display that simultaneously takes pictures while showing images

“We could soon see a new kind of display screen from computer maker Apple – one that simultaneously takes pictures while showing images. The clever idea is to insert thousands of microscopic image sensors in-between the liquid crystal display cells in the screen. Each sensor captures its own small image, but software stitches these together to create a single, larger picture,” Barry Fox reports for New Scientist. “A large LCD screen filled with image sensors would be ideal for videoconferencing, Apple suggests, as participants would always appear to look straight into the “camera”. The technique could also add a camera function to a cellphone or PDA without wasting space, and light from the screen should help illuminate a subject.”

“The more sensors there are, the wider and clearer the image. Sketches accompanying the company’s patent show as many sensors as liquid crystal cells in a screen. If some of the sensors have different focal lengths, switching between them would make the screen behave like a zoom lens,” Fox reports.

Full article with link to patent application here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “scrounger” for the heads up.]

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29 Comments

  1. I don’t think it’s cool. It’s a telescreen! Anyone who has read “1984” will recognize this right away. It’s ironic after the Super Bowl commercial that it’s Apple who has come up with this.

    Time to be VERY afraid…

    MDN magic word: remember…before the state starts to remember it for you.

  2. So, we can do this kind of thing but we can’t figure out how to get super conductors to operate at room temperature?

    Its got to be a conspiracy. I think the military has already got SC, so maybe in about 10 years we’ll start seeing it leak into consumer electronics. Or maybe now that we’re headed toward less expensive titanium rod solar cells we’ll be able to afford to put more effort into getting SC hitches worked out.

    Speaking of new display technology, anybody notice the user interface for the computers in the movie “The Island”?

  3. Actually a bunch of pinhole “camera on a chip” mounted around the screen would do the same thing much cheaper.

    In fact it could give 3D stereo vision to give the illusion of depth.

    My verision of freehand is safe in my pocket pool

  4. Oh gawd…PLEASE don’t tell me that pratt MacDude is back?

    This is a cool invention no doubt. But with the Apple MacSlate handheld we also want a really flat hi-res lens built into the Apple logo on the back (or front?) too. What you will have is a camera like the original cameras of Fox Talbot with a 6 inch full screen image.

  5. OMG some of you guys are freakin’ hilarious!

    “I don’t think it’s cool. It’s a telescreen! Anyone who has read “1984” will recognize this right away. It’s ironic after the Super Bowl commercial that it’s Apple who has come up with this.

    Time to be VERY afraid…”

    HA HA HA

    It’s how the technology is deployed that makes the difference.

    Andrew, you are just plain entertaining.

    Everyone have a good day.

  6. that would be cool if could be triggered on web sites. Think of it; a mirror effect of your hands mapped onto the surface of an object or a background of the website – or a game. Even better – if it supports DOF ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” /> Dunno if I like the integrity aspect of it…but then again, without backsides – no frontsides. Now that the PBs have a built-in cam, wouldn’t the next logical step be retina scans when we log in/boot?

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