Latest in Acoustic gesture

Image credit:

Apple patent application opens the door to free-form acoustic gesture commands

Tim Stevens
02.21.11
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

Another Apple patent application has come to light that's making us stop the daily grind for a moment and ponder the possibilities. This one talks about scattering a bunch of acoustic transducers (basically, microphones) throughout the case of a laptop. No, they aren't there to pick up the sweet sounds of your humming along with Rihanna and, while the application doesn't make it perfectly clear what their purpose is for, we're liking Patently Apple's conclusion that this is to enable acoustic commands. The application describes a microprocessor that can "interpret electrical signals generated by the one or more acoustic transducers as input." The idea is that these transducers detect a finger making contact with the chassis and register those vibrations as gestures. A similar concept is demonstrated in a video below, so watch that then start dreaming. Dragging your finger along the bezel to scroll? A non-capacitive touchpad as wide as the keyboard? Music games that finally let you show off your finger drumming prowess?




All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

Apple blocks Clearview AI's iPhone app

Apple blocks Clearview AI's iPhone app

View
YouTube’s appeal process is largely ineffective

YouTube’s appeal process is largely ineffective

View
Coronavirus bursts Big Tech’s bubble

Coronavirus bursts Big Tech’s bubble

View
'Animal Crossing: New Horizons' has more customization options than ever

'Animal Crossing: New Horizons' has more customization options than ever

View
Amazon is the latest to pull out of GDC over coronavirus fears

Amazon is the latest to pull out of GDC over coronavirus fears

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr