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  • Apple Patents Show Front-Facing Cam, "Rocking" Mouse


    A patent application made by Apple in 2008 gives yet another indication that Apple planned or still plans to release a device with a camera that faces the user. In another filing, Apple applied for a patent on technology that would detect mouse movements in three dimensions - pitch, roll, and yaw - to allow for new user interface controls.

    The camera hint was revealed in a patent that covers new ways for devices to detect and correct differences between sensing components. Titled “Apparatus and Method for Compensating for Variations in Digital Cameras,” the application notes that different pieces of camera equipment are manufactured separately and that lens thickness, color response, and other characteristics vary widely, leading to inconsistent results. Apple's technology would enable the device to test its own camera and adjust for the differences.

    The image used to illustrate the technology shows a handheld device with a front-facing camera. The lack of such a camera on the iPad disappointed observers, but a repair company's inspection of iPad parts showed an empty space in the bezel that is perfectly fitted to the iSight camera used in the MacBook line. Reports before the iPad's release indicated that Apple was working on innovative video technology for the new device, including the ability to automatically recognize users' faces.

    A second patent application, reviewed by the Patently Apple weblog, details a mouse with a convex bottom so that it can be moved in three dimensions without lifting it from the desk. The mouse has motion sensors that would allow the computer to detect whether the mouse is tilting forward or back (pitch), side to side (roll), or clockwise/counterclockwise (yaw). In a novel way that Patently Apple called "so simple, that it's brilliant," users will be able to manipulate screen graphics with intuitive mouse moves; tilting the mouse would control horizontal or vertical scrolling, and twisting it would rotate items on the screen.

    image via Patently Apple
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Patents Show Front-Facing Cam, "Rocking" Mouse started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 16 Comments
    1. RocketshipVirus's Avatar
      RocketshipVirus -
      iPhone 4g maybe?? I say "IT BETTER HAVE IT!!"
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      That make no sense to have a front facing camera.
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      hahaha, who removed my photos
    1. Uko's Avatar
      Uko -
      Quote Originally Posted by tudtran View Post
      That make no sense to have a front facing camera.
      What about video chat?
    1. NessLookAlike's Avatar
      NessLookAlike -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rota View Post
      I have something that does all that as well:

      Well played, sir.

      Quote Originally Posted by tudtran View Post
      That make no sense to have a front facing camera.
      Yeah I know right, who would ever want to video chat/video call/video conference, right???
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      My thinking is that any and all ideas are patent by apple and is good for legalities and NO indication that any of the patent ideas will ever be used. I mean who saw the ipad coming? or the nano with video?-still can't believe they released a product like that.
    1. PMad's Avatar
      PMad -
      Reports before the iPad's release indicated that Apple was working on innovative video technology for the new device, including the ability to automatically recognize users' faces.
      I would hope that this "innovative" technology that has been out for years works better then what is already out.

      But its apple were talking about, of course it will work better!
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by NessLookAlike View Post
      Well played, sir.



      Yeah I know right, who would ever want to video chat/video call/video conference, right???
      good luck video conferencing over a 2.5 inch screen.

      as for all these rumors,

      STOP POSTING THESE USELESS RUMORS. LAST TIME YOU DID THIS, WE GOT THE IPAD.
    1. xxhorseriderxxx's Avatar
      xxhorseriderxxx -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rota View Post
      I have something that does all that as well:



      Sounds like they just turned it into a mouse. Interesting idea though.
      ROFL! I had that same exact joystick back in the day, I played flight simulator with that thing lol.
    1. damod84's Avatar
      damod84 -
      flight simulator I remember that hahaha

      and video chat would be nice so idk what ur talking about
    1. Buckmaster's Avatar
      Buckmaster -
      lol, love for the next iphone to have these toys, BUT have we not been down this road befor? Setting our selfs up for huge disappointments.
    1. adrian1480's Avatar
      adrian1480 -
      a patent doesn't indicate confirmed plans to do anything.

      only to affirm originality of an idea. they may or may not make the product, but they want to make sure they have the option without some po-dunk company coming out of nowhere claiming infringements.
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      ^There will be a camera eventually added to the iPad. I have 5 iPad Bezels here in the store that we received shortly after the iPad announcement. The have a space for a front facing camera which just happens to be the exact same size opening as the MB and MBPs. We actually put a MBP camera in the bezel and it fits like it was made for the iPad opening. We will see what happens upon release day. I have a feeling Jobs held certain things back so the competition (HP, Dell, and Microsoft) would have to keep guessing...
    1. pyromcr's Avatar
      pyromcr -
      the only thing that i care about is the front facing camera!
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      well seeing as how this patent was introduced in 2008. i highly doubt it has anything to do with the 4G or the iPAd. or does it?

      ps: melech it looks like your avatar is back.
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      Yeah, I was missing it too much