“On February 27, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a number of interesting possible future features for Macs, televisions or even a car dashboard,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.
“With the addition of new sensors hidden in Macs, users will be able to control some device functionality with in-air hand gesturing,” Purcher reports. “Apple’s new invention could also provide users with superior lighting for FaceTime videoconferencing and more.”
“Apple notes that the MacBook Pro display lid may include a hidden display that may be connected to a proximity sensor which could be automatically activated in response to sensing of the presence of an object such as a human hand,” Purcher reports. “According to Apple, the invention has been described in the context of ‘electronic devices,’ which is used to identify any of a wide variety of electrically powered devices, including without limitation: communication devices such as cell phones or land line phones; music and multimedia players; gaming devices; televisions; set top boxes, such as for televisions and other display systems; controllers, such as remote controls for operating other devices and gaming controllers; Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs); and computing devices of all forms (desktops, laptops, servers, tablets, palmtops, workstations, etc.) as well as associated components such as monitors (either separate or as part of an all-in-one systems), external drives, etc.; and many other types of devices in a variety of fields.”
Much more, including Apple’s patent application illustrations and diagrams, in the full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]