Apple’s new patent


A patent published today by the US Patent & Trademark Office details some brilliant new ideas from the most innovative computer company on the planet. Yes that’s right, Apple has a new patent and I must say I’m impressed, astounded, and excited.
The name of the patent is simply “Mechanical overlay” and the abstract describes the concept a bit further: “Mechanical overlays for placement over touch sensing devices…The mechanical overlays include one or more mechanical actuators that provide touch inputs to the touch sensing devices.”
Basically Apple has invented the concept for a device which instead of (or in addition to) possessing a keyboard, it has a touch sensitive surface on which mechanical parts overlay. The touch-sensitive surface reads the physical signals transmitted through the mechanical overlay. As seen in the picture above, some possible overlays are a traditional keyboard, a musical keyboard, and a mixing console. There is also a diagram which details different types of mechanical overlays for where a trackpad currently rests, allowing the addition of a clickwheel, joystick, number pad, and more.
Two other specific devices are mentioned in the patent with similar concepts: a portable handheld device and a touch screen tablet PC, both of which utilize similar mechanical overlays. This patent, if it ever sees the light of day, could mean great new specialized functions for laptop computers (think DJs, musicians, recording artists, video editors, and so much more).

via macuser


8 Responses to “Apple’s new patent”

  1. 1 ahab November 17, 2006 at 12:49 pm

    thats not a new idea?!
    i remember seeing a musical keyboard made to overlay an existing keyboard on either a commodore64/128 or an Amiga.

    the designs dont look too technical either. it looks like apple have just come up with a concept with no technology behind it and have just decided to patent it for themselves so that no one else can do it or go down that route. its like stealing all the apples from an apple tree rather than sharing them even though you know your never going to eat all those apples and some of them are giong to rot and never be used/consumed.

  2. 2 Suresh Gundappa November 17, 2006 at 2:32 pm

    Outstanding , Astonishing and just brilliant! what a concept and really superb! thanks for sharing. I love to see apple bring this out ASAp. On another note you have a great blog here.

  3. 3 Josh Chandler November 18, 2006 at 11:08 am

    Brilliant idea. Can’t wait to see the released product

    Josh Chandler

  4. 4 Gems Sty November 21, 2006 at 4:11 pm

    Wow, that’s a really broad patent!

  5. 6 PIGS STY November 24, 2006 at 8:21 am

    Apple seems to be collecting patents these days. Somehow no products seem to be generated. Maybe they want to live off their patents in the future. Or they just somehow can’t find the break thru ipod once made.

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