Patent application shows iPod capable of live wireless video conferencing

“A unique patent has surfaced in the past few weeks that both illustrates and details Apple’s iPod in terminology such as ‘an enhanced iPod’ and/or ‘an improved iPod.’ A large portion of this patent places emphasis on ‘live’ video streaming – and more specifically, video conferencing conducted on the “improved iPod.” In fact, the patent presents details of a new codec for QuickTime,” Neo reports for Macsimum News.

“The reason for delaying this report rested on two things. Firstly, is the fact that the patent doesn’t appear to, at least on paper, stem from Apple. And yet the specificity of the improved iPod(s), clearly demonstrate that there is a direct connection to Apple in some capacity,” Neo reports. “Secondly, I was initially concerned by the patent author’s many references to ‘iPod-like device’ and/or ‘iPod type device.’ And yet there are several specific mentions in the patent’s claims and elsewhere that undeniably clarify the matter. For example, patent claim 19 states that ‘The system of claim 2, wherein the handheld video device is an improved iPod,’ and in claim 13 it states ‘wherein the handheld video device is an Apple iPod.'”

Neo reports, “So, with that said, the following patent report covers such matters as the new improved iPod acting as a video server within a wireless network, new optional iPod hardware modules, a new video-zoom feature in context with video conferencing and lastly, the improved iPod’s ability to send and/or receive streaming and/or ‘live’ video.”

Full article with illustrations here.

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14 Comments

  1. I do not believe this is patentable. You cannot take someone else’s product and just claim to be able to add extra functionality to it and patent it with out actually adding the extra functionality. Since there is no indication that this is a patent by Apple for a future product, it is just a series of drawings of various components strung together. I could just as easily add these components to a ukelele and file for a interactive video ukelele patent.

  2. This could simply be a third party inventor/patent holding company. They often patent “improvements” on other company’s ideas. They may then sit on the patent until, in this case for example, a company like Apple comes out with a wireless video conferencing iPod. The holding company can then sue Apple for percentage of its gross revenue.
    Just a thought.

  3. I am sure that this will eventually come out, but America does not have 3G technology for cell phones yet. I mean, they do, but it’s a fake one (i.e. it doesn’t allow you to transfer video conference data) so until this comes out in the States, I am not sure that APPLE would actually care about coming out with a little goody like that. Shame on you America, you’re so late on your cell phone technology, it’s sick!

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