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BY NICHOLE CARTMELL

ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY

As Apple continues to advance its products, the company is also making sure its innovations are protected from rivals in the future. On Tuesday, Apple was awarded a patent for "Microperforation Illumination”--technology that controls the passage of light through perforations built into the product.

According to a writer for VentureBeat this technology would advance the way light shines through light-up touch interfaces without any visible holes for the light to pass through. Imagine MacBooks showcasing an Apple logo that completely disappears into its metal case.

CNET explains Apple already has the technology in place to send light through a screen to illuminate its logo on the back of its laptops... but this advancement is a step up.

“... the new patent provides for greater control over the light source and the way in which it passes through the device. In addition, this patent would allow for the lighting source to go completely blank when turned off, effectively eliminating any view of what is being illuminated unless the device is on.”

A writer for SiliconAngle points out, it’s rather surprising how many patents the company actually gets approved, since its applications are often a little wild. The writer identifies a handful of Apple’s most out-there patents. Some of these include

1. Multi-touch Skin Technology. This patent would allow Apple to integrate its multi-touch technology to 3D devices such as a remote, a car’s steering wheel, and sporting equipment.
2. Or take the magic glove. In winter touch screens aren’t as convenient. So Apple filed for patent for a high tactility glove system.
3. And an attempt to possibly make typing easier... Apple is said to be devising a keyless keyboard. This device would use illuminated glass or plastic.

CNET reports Apple received 34 patents just last month.

Apple Patents Illuminated 'Invisible' Touch Technology

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Nov 7, 2012

Apple Patents Illuminated 'Invisible' Touch Technology

 

 

(Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

BY NICHOLE CARTMELL

ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY

As Apple continues to advance its products, the company is also making sure its innovations are protected from rivals in the future. On Tuesday, Apple was awarded a patent for "Microperforation Illumination”--technology that controls the passage of light through perforations built into the product.

According to a writer for VentureBeat this technology would advance the way light shines through light-up touch interfaces without any visible holes for the light to pass through. Imagine MacBooks showcasing an Apple logo that completely disappears into its metal case.

CNET explains Apple already has the technology in place to send light through a screen to illuminate its logo on the back of its laptops... but this advancement is a step up.

“... the new patent provides for greater control over the light source and the way in which it passes through the device. In addition, this patent would allow for the lighting source to go completely blank when turned off, effectively eliminating any view of what is being illuminated unless the device is on.”

A writer for SiliconAngle points out, it’s rather surprising how many patents the company actually gets approved, since its applications are often a little wild. The writer identifies a handful of Apple’s most out-there patents. Some of these include

1. Multi-touch Skin Technology. This patent would allow Apple to integrate its multi-touch technology to 3D devices such as a remote, a car’s steering wheel, and sporting equipment.
2. Or take the magic glove. In winter touch screens aren’t as convenient. So Apple filed for patent for a high tactility glove system.
3. And an attempt to possibly make typing easier... Apple is said to be devising a keyless keyboard. This device would use illuminated glass or plastic.

CNET reports Apple received 34 patents just last month.

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