Apple Blows us Away with Smart Bezel Details! - New Patent filed

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Apple Blows us Away with Smart Bezel Details! - New Patent filed
 

 

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Apple has been teasing us with various smart bezel patents over the last year but a new patent application revealed by the USPTO today, provides us with how they're intending to implement this feature and the details will blow you away. Apple intends to introduce a method that employs a very cool secondary display scheme that utilizes a printed segmented electroluminescence display. Apple intends to use the secondary display to introduce a set of new illuminated indicators that are able morph into various controls for work and play. Illuminated gaming and productivity controls could be built into the face-side of the bezel and/or selected back-side areas of iOS devices like the iPad. Apple is about to raise the bar for interactive device interfaces that will, no doubt, put absolute fear into the hearts of every iOS device wannabe competitor.



The Problem to Solve



Apple first lays out the problem to solve by stating that traditional electronic devices include a display for providing visual outputs to a user. For example, a traditional device may include a liquid crystal display (LCD) for providing visual outputs to a user. Some traditional electronic devices may further include a touch interface overlaying the display for receiving inputs from the user. For example, a device may include a touch screen a.ssembly with a display for providing outputs and a corresponding touch interface for receiving user inputs. To a.ssist a user in providing inputs, traditional devices use the display to provide indicators to the user regarding where and how to provide a touch input. For example, a traditional device may display a virtual button on a touch screen to indicate that a user can touch that portion of the screen to provide an input. However, providing such indicators occupies space on the touch screen that could otherwise be used for displaying visual content.



Apple's Solution



Apple's patent covers systems and methods for selectively illuminating a secondary display. An electronic device could include a primary display (e.g., a liquid crystal display (LCD) screen) and a secondary display (e.g., a printed segmented electroluminescence display). The primary display could be used to convey visual content to a user, and the secondary display could be used to guide a user providing inputs to the device. For example, the secondary display could be selectively illuminated to provide one or more indicators that represent where or how a user can provide inputs to the device.


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This might be introduced with iPhone 5.

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92 comments for "Apple Blows us Away with Smart Bezel Details! - New Patent filed"

 7 years ago '05        #2
.Hafestos. 5 heat pts
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If thats the case I'm def getting an i5, cause that posted looks sick, but i HIGHLY doubt thats the case.....
 7 years ago '06        #3
Manny05 1 heat pts
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wow apple does it again lol
 7 years ago '04        #4
jumpman2304 25 heat pts25
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so in english please............

cause i dont really get it
 7 years ago '07        #5
mrfreak76 700 heat pts700 OP
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 jumpman2304 said:
so in english please............

cause i dont really get it
Think of it as layers, you have one layer as you regular screen and then you have another layer for your controls or navigation buttons. And there both working with each other all the time, one just disappears when not in use.

Or another example take an Android's hard buttons on bottom of there phones (home, menu, back,etc), a gaming controller, a ipod click wheel, etc now imagine they show up only when you need to interact with the primary screen. Then they become hidden when not in use.
 7 years ago '11        #6
PTC 138 heat pts138
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This would be great as long as the button controls are on top and bottom... if they are on the sides it could mean the screen doesn't get any bigger. If the screen is bigger that means the phone is bigger/wider... which is ok too.

Having these controls on the side of the screen also make it harder for designing cases.

Patiently waiting for iPhone 5


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 7 years ago '04        #7
Hood_Rich 7 heat pts
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apple going to shock the world this summer
 04-08-2011, 03:08 PM         #8
Dangerously 
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Wow. :agreement6:
 7 years ago '98        #9
ronnie|A 10 heat pts10
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according to the highlighted yellow part of that pic... rest of the surface area of the phone other than the LCD screen can actually become a secondary display. Cot damnnnnnnnnnn
 7 years ago '10        #10
rek0nize 66 heat pts66
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Apple stays winning.
 7 years ago '10        #11
Gottagat 
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this is just retarded. apple getting my dough 1st day
 7 years ago '10        #12
Blue GM 247 heat pts247
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dropped my iphone 4 yesterday. so im ready for the 5 to release.
 7 years ago '10        #13
FrankAndBeans 27 heat pts27
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 04-08-2011, 05:09 PM         #14
ex-clu-sives 
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Not really that impressive on its face. IMO.


----extended touch screen?












 7 years ago '04        #15
KURUPTION!!! 541 heat pts541
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This sh*t right here.....
 7 years ago '08        #16
Arson 84 heat pts84
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I need this translated to real n*gga speak
 7 years ago '10        #17
justdezit 21 heat pts21
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 Arson said:
I need this translated to real n*gga speak
they gonna make the rest of the phone that aint the screen able to morph into buttons that go away when you aint need em
 7 years ago '06        #18
fallguy 
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damn, apple stay ahead of the game
 7 years ago '04        #19
fat_boyy21 329 heat pts329
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i dont see how combining two displays is a good thing. it just leaves room for more problems
 7 years ago '04        #20
Da Ill One|M 4602 heat pts4602
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 DaDirtiest said:
Apple keeps these geeks masturbating on a daily basis. I on the other hand have a wife, a girlfriend, two kids, and a social life. I don`t have time to sit around jerkin off to pr0n on a 2 inch screen, or bragging to my friends about my new phone. The iPhone is this decades Camaro, as in it`s the car for the guy with the little p*nis. Look at my gadgets, please don`t see through my materialism and notice how inadequate I am as a man, cause I have GADGETZ!!
Dont be mad you can't afford an iPhone or Apple products...
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