The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published an Apple patent today proposing an entirely new way of interacting with content on your iOS device.
The Patent outlines what Apple is calling a “Persistent Overlay.” The conceptual UI will provide users with a one-touch solution to accessing photos, songs, files from anywhere within iOS via a persistent UI. Imagine the “Persistent Overlay” as the ultimate dashboard for iOS. The patent aims to solve the inherent problem of trying to display all the information mobile devices can process on their diminutive screens.
The “Persistent Overlay” in practice would allow users to create semi-transparent, but fully functional overlays that can retain information, photos, songs, and videos as the user moves through iOS. Perhaps a portion of web-page needs to be viewed for reference, instead of switching between web pages, or programs to see the reference page, the information could be added to the “Persistent Overlay” for easy reference.
The overlay could be used with augmented data as well. A photo added the overlay could be augmented with an .mp3 or use the iDevices microphone to record a note attached to the data. All of these persistent overlays would be managed via drop-down menu much like the multi-tasking bar currently positioned at the bottom of iOS.
After delving into Apple’s new “Persistent Overlay” HUD, the patent describes “touch sensitive” devices used outside of the devices display to detect touch events. Or in other words, Apple is specifically sanctioning the use of a Magic Mouse or Trackpad with the iPad.
This filled-to-the-brim patent even contains a new identification Application called IDME. It isn’t till you read the app name as I.D.Me that its purpose makes sense. The application would allow users to drag an image of a person on the App’s icon and establish an identify for the person based on meta-data within the image. Addresses, phone numbers, and other input data could be associated with the image.
The new IDME app uses metadata associated with a particular image (which in this case is that of individual 404) to establish at least a tentative identity and in some cases a residence address and/or phone number automatically. In this example, the user could provide input data to application IDME by dragging persistent overlay 416 (in this case a picture) to application icon 502. In this way, metadata 418 (or at least portions of the metadata) could be provided as input to application IDME… This is particularly useful in social networking situations where people can meet other people for only a moment and wish to make further contact. Of course, in order for this to work fluidly in social settings, the devices will have to be NFC-ready so that exchanging photos and other information could be done naturally and speedily. — Patently Apple
Would you enjoy a persistant overlay?
Source: Patently Apple