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  • Apple Tinkering with Safe Texting Technology


    Based on details gleaned from a recent patent application filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Apple is working on a new "transparent texting" technology that could conceivably enable safer on-the-go texting.

    The patent description refers to "transparent texting" as the means by which an electronic communication device's camera can "continuously capture and present video images as a background within a text messaging session currently being displayed by the device."

    Reading that summary, it's easy to picture an augmented reality-type texting mechanism that lets users safely walk and text, for example, while never taking their eyes off of what's in front of each step.

    The camera can be a rear-facing camera on the device, so that the video images represent the views that the device's user would see if the device's display were transparent. The camera can continuously capture and present the video images as the background in the text messaging session, so that the device's user continuously can be aware of the environment beyond the device's display while still focusing on the text messages being communicated.
    With the stated goal of helping users avoid "stumbling over an object while participating in a text messaging session," it seems like a practical and convenient resource that could prevent more than a few minor - or major - missteps.

    But as with all Apple patent filings, it's difficult - okay, impossible - to predict which technologies tinkered with will actually make their way to iOS devices or remain on the drawing board forever.

    Source: (USPTO via Apple Insider)
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Tinkering with Safe Texting Technology started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 14 Comments
    1. Bassvictim's Avatar
      Bassvictim -
      There was an Android app years ago when I had the original Motorola Droid, that did this.
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      Interesting indeed. Privacy is very important to me..bring it on.
    1. PokemonDesigner's Avatar
      PokemonDesigner -
      This is quite on old idea. It's been around for years and almost every time an app makes it into the App Store it's taken down in about a months time.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      If someone is looking down at their screen they still won't see what's right in front of them. Plus I doubt people would be paying close enough attention to the background anyway. Without depth being present on the screen you wouldn't notice anything while you're trying to text.
    1. DaLsim's Avatar
      DaLsim -
      There an apps for that. I used it awhile back, so far back that I 4got what it call...
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      Battery life. Texting will drain 500% more battery this way. Good luck with that.
    1. hitman10's Avatar
      hitman10 -
      Whats the point when apple gives the gov are info anyway..
    1. Jozelito617's Avatar
      Jozelito617 -
      Quote Originally Posted by hitman10 View Post
      Whats the point when apple gives the gov are info anyway..
      Haha so true talk about nasa. O let me auto correct you sir. I think u meant "our"instead of are.

      They'll all suck. Like apple. I think im tire of apple had 2,3,4,5 now 5s. O many features missing. Iphone isn't an iphone without JB dats all to it.
    1. buggsy2's Avatar
      buggsy2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jozelito617 View Post
      Haha so true talk about nasa. O let me auto correct you sir. I think u meant "our"instead of are.

      They'll all suck. Like apple. I think im tire of apple had 2,3,4,5 now 5s. O many features missing. Iphone isn't an iphone without JB dats all to it.
      Could you rewrite this in English?
    1. subreality's Avatar
      subreality -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jozelito617 View Post
      Haha so true talk about nasa. O let me auto correct you sir. I think u meant "our"instead of are.

      They'll all suck. Like apple. I think im tire of apple had 2,3,4,5 now 5s. O many features missing. Iphone isn't an iphone without JB dats all to it.
      It's okay if English isn't your first language but you don't need to embarrass yourself.
    1. Jozelito617's Avatar
      Jozelito617 -
      Thanks anything else kids? Lol . It's the internet at least have fun. Stop being smart ***. Go smoke weed . Is fun. Or become teacher is good for u
    1. OUT FOX EM's Avatar
      OUT FOX EM -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zokunei View Post
      If someone is looking down at their screen they still won't see what's right in front of them. Plus I doubt people would be paying close enough attention to the background anyway. Without depth being present on the screen you wouldn't notice anything while you're trying to text.
      Right. The problem isn't seeing what's behind the phone, it's where people are looking. And with anti-texting while driving laws people are going to keep their phone hidden from view below the steering wheel anyway. Good idea in theory but this will accomplish nothing.

      Texting and walking is mentioned here in the article but that's not really a problem. It's people that drive and text that are dangerous.
    1. Thatstastic's Avatar
      Thatstastic -
      Quote Originally Posted by buggsy2 View Post
      Could you rewrite this in English?
      I hate Grammar nazis are u gonna grade him on his comment? I'm pretty sure u get the point of his comment no need to be a loser about it
    1. zeppy's Avatar
      zeppy -
      Apple uses the broken and likely corrupt U.S. patent system to steal ideas from others and then Apple sues competitors so that in the end Apple has "all of the money" and competitors no longer exist.

      In the end Apple will lose much more than they have gained from their evil ways.