New Apple patent application for ‘Actuating User Interface for Media Player’ published

Two new Apple patent applications were published today by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office:

• United States Patent Application #20060250377: “Actuating user interface for media player” (Filed: June 28, 2006)
An actuating user interface for a media player or other electronic device is disclosed. According to one aspect, the user interface is a display device that can both display visual information and serve as a mechanical actuator to generate input signals is disclosed. By way of example, the display device, which displays visual information such as text, characters and graphics, may also act like a push or clickable button(s), a sliding toggle button or switch, a rotating dial or knob, a motion controlling device such as a joystick or navigation pad, and/or the like. According to another aspect, the user interface is an input device that includes a movable touch pad control signal capable of detecting the movements of the movable touch pad so as to generate one or more distinct second control signals. The control signals being used to perform actions in an electronic device operatively coupled to the input device.
Full application here.

• United States Patent Application #20060250764: “Universal docking station for hand held electronic devices” (Filed: May 9, 2005)
A docking station is disclosed. The docking station has an adjustable opening that accommodates portable electronic devices with differing sizes and shapes. The opening is capable of expanding to accommodate larger devices and retracting to accommodate smaller devices while still supporting the portable electronic device in its proper position within the docking station.
Full application here.

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Apple’s new iTV universal remote control patent application published – October 12, 2006
Apple’s ‘touchless’ touchscreen iPod revealed – July 25, 2006
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25 Comments

  1. After reading most of the HUGE patent file……….it looks like this thing could be a swiss army knife of Apple products; phone, remote, iPod, Video player, PDA, etc

    If it gets built then it’s going to take over the world.

    Let’s hope Steve drops it in January.

  2. I think it would be better if Apple waited until Jan. to release anything. Then, all those people who bought the Zune kick themselves and go, “Why did I EVER think to trust Microsoft to give me a state-of-the-art product?” And they never buy from Microsoft again. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  3. The docking station has an adjustable opening that accommodates portable electronic devices with differing sizes and shapes. The opening is capable of expanding to accommodate larger devices and retracting to accommodate smaller devices while still supporting the portable electronic device in its proper position within the docking station.

    Must resist….

  4. I guess no one has seen it….the ATM style download/upload kiosk, situated at airports, bus stations, Apple stores, street corners etc. Pop your new Video Ipod in the adjusting dock and ‘instant’ transfer of all your fav content. Which Video Ipod owner, sitting in some boring airport lounge wouldn’t kill for a device to instantly upload their fav movies just ready for that upcoming flight?

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