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  • Apple Patent Details Lightning Headphones Turned into Smart Walkie-Talkies
    Another day and another Apple patent, with this one showing a bit of an unorthodox idea for Appleís EarPods.


    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently published a patent application from Apple that details how Apple could use its headphones to skip cellular connections in favor of point-to-point network technology for communications. If Apple were to roll out devices, like their Lightning EarPods, with this technology, it would mean users would use wireless ad hoc networks to connect to similar devices.

    That could mean these devices would connect to one another via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or something similar to this. That could mean a low-latency communication tool. And while there are plenty of different systems outlined in the full application, the one thing that keeps getting referenced to are walkie-talkies.

    ďUsing a combination of modern wireless technology, advanced hardware and complex software, Apple is able to revitalize a decades-old idea. For example, the proposed system might present a GUI on a connected touchscreen-enabled device to indicate nearby users with whom a direct link can be established. Tapping on a user icon is a marked improvement over dialing a phone number or browsing through a stored contacts list.Ē
    The technology would also support signal encryption, and there would be support for multi-user conference calls, too.

    It would be interesting to see something like this come to fruition, especially to see how Apple would sell it and market it. Then again, itís one of many Apple patents that might not ever come to life.

    [via AppleInsider]
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Patent Details Lightning Headphones Turned into Smart Walkie-Talkies started by Caiden Spencer View original post
    Comments 5 Comments
    1. SpiderManAPV's Avatar
      SpiderManAPV -
      I fail to see how having a walkie talkie with only bluetooth range is useful, but Iíll wait to see how Apple uses the tech.
    1. quidam_brujah's Avatar
      quidam_brujah -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpiderManAPV View Post
      I fail to see how having a walkie talkie with only bluetooth range is useful, but Iíll wait to see how Apple uses the tech.
      think mesh networks: data (voice packets) could bounce around a sea of BT meshed devices until reaching the destination device. could bridge across wifi nets as well.
    1. budsalinger's Avatar
      budsalinger -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpiderManAPV View Post
      I fail to see how having a walkie talkie with only bluetooth range is useful, but Iíll wait to see how Apple uses the tech.
      They said "...Bluetooth, or something similar to this...". Don't you think they can connect us via wifi and data connections rather than "phone" connection? Nextel Keyup?
    1. Scotty Manley Silberhorn's Avatar
      Scotty Manley Silberhorn -
      Quote Originally Posted by quidam_brujah View Post
      think mesh networks: data (voice packets) could bounce around a sea of BT meshed devices until reaching the destination device. could bridge across wifi nets as well.
      That is a security risk apple most likely won't take
    1. SpiderManAPV's Avatar
      SpiderManAPV -
      Quote Originally Posted by budsalinger View Post
      They said "...Bluetooth, or something similar to this...". Don't you think they can connect us via wifi and data connections rather than "phone" connection? Nextel Keyup?
      The whole point is to use local networks for low latency though?