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  • Apple Receives Patent For ‘Desk-Free Computer' 2 comments
    Jan 12, 2014 2:21 PM | about stocks: AAPL

    Imagine lounging on the sofa or lying in bed with your computer. But it's not a laptop or even a tablet. The display is projected onto the wall or the ceiling above with a small CPU. The virtual keyboard detects the movement of your fingers in front of you. This truly wireless device may not remain a fantasy for long, courtesy of Apple. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently awarded the Cupertino masters a patent for "computer systems and methods that provide a projection display as a primary visual output."

    In its patent application, first described by Patently Apple in 2010, Apple illustrates a personal computer completely wireless, except for a possible power cord. The computer system would include a main housing of both the CPU and projector output, and at least one peripheral input device - such as an actual or virtual keyboard, mouse, speakers or microphone - that would communicate wirelessly with the CPU. Although Apple describes a system in which the only wire is the power cord, it also provides an alternative 100 percent wireless scenario in which the system is powered using "an inductive wireless charge system, an energy storage system, or one or more batteries."

    The description doesn't end there. The system won't utilize a typical projector. The device described by Apple would automatically adjust and correct images to accommodate various surface textures, viewing angles and ambient lighting.

    What's significant of this "desk-free computer?" Not only is it mega cool, but it truly allows a computer to be used anywhere desired - on a desk or table, on a shelf, in the floor or even hanging from a wall or ceiling.

    "Desktop personal computers provide more computing power and/or capabilities than comparable laptop personal computers. However, laptops offer the advantage of easy portability," Apple explained. "Although advancements have been made in the displays available for computers, for example, providing improved resolution, space savings compared to CRTs, and larger and/or lighter displays for laptops, conventional computer systems employ some form of display screen or monitor."

    Projector systems, on the other hand, "are often used to make presentations to audiences, such as at business meetings," Apple continued, further describing its system that would wirelessly incorporate the better aspects of both types of systems.

    Sounds so simple it's unbelievable there's not already a patent out there. But Apple now holds the key. From the company that revolutionized mobile computing, it will be fascinating to see how this patent further advances the world of personal computing. Can you envision a world of fully wireless computers that project their displays wherever you like?

    Stocks: AAPL
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  • Alex T
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    Is this the same type of Desktop computing that we see in Sci-Fi TV shows or movies where a screen is in front of you in open air and there you input what you want? Sorry but I am more of a visual person in trying to perceive this technology. Glad I have been an Apple shareholder for sometime.
    Thanks,
    12 Jan 2014, 02:48 PM Reply Like
  • nano1964
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    Can't only hope that this "trivia" patent will not be granted in any other country? Similarly questionable patents have been sadly granted (and in part successfully challenged) on the general layout of a tablet computer or the arrangement of the three ink tanks in a print cartridge.

     

    I am sure, AAPL expects to reap in big from law suits.

     

    Apart from nickling and diming consumers, this attitude makes me stay away from Apple completely (neither shares nor devices).
    13 Jan 2014, 05:35 AM Reply Like
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