1. Michael Essany's Avatar


    A new patent application coming to light on Thursday is providing clues into Apple's apparent interest in illuminated touchpad technology. The patent specifically hints at a touchpad that lights up and interacts with and responds to varying degrees of pressure.

    All told, Apple says the technology provides "improved feedback mechanisms for touch pads." In the abstract, here's how Apple describes that which it is evidently tinkering with:

    The present invention pertains to improved feedback mechanisms for touch pads. One aspect relates to devices capable of illuminating the touch sensitive surface of the touch pad. Another aspect relates to methods for providing visual feedback at the touch pad.
    "Another aspect relates to methods for providing feedback at the touch pad," Apple outlines. "For example, changing intensity or color based on motion characteristics- and/or pressure, providing an illumination point that follows a finger as it is moved about the touch sensitive surface, showing different states with varying levels of brightness or color, etc."

    Apple's "Illuminated Touchpad" patent was filed more than four months ago, but only this week did it become public knowledge. In other words, we may see this technology in play very, very soon.

    Source: USPTO
    2012-08-16 09:03 PM
  2. Donnutt's Avatar
    Kinda reminds me of the colorful clamshells and iMacs...
    2012-08-16 09:15 PM
  3. Dark_Ninja's Avatar
    Man if they release a new iPad with this I'm gonna be hella pissed cuz I just spent $760 on a new 64gb iPad 3. I have a few days left to take it back though haha
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    2012-08-16 09:40 PM
  4. Amadomon's Avatar
    Man if they release a new iPad with this I'm gonna be hella pissed cuz I just spent $760 on a new 64gb iPad 3. I have a few days left to take it back though haha
    This has nothing to do with iPads.
    Quaerite et invenietis.
    2012-08-16 09:46 PM
  5. bigboyz's Avatar
    Interesting! So your pad will illuminate like the squares of a side walk(Michael Jackson's Billy Jean)when pressure is applied? I could definitely see this being very cool. Hope we see it someday.
    2012-08-16 10:34 PM
  6. thazsar's Avatar
    I have been able to do this on old LCD screens for years!
    2012-08-16 11:16 PM
  7. iH85CH001's Avatar
    I have been able to do this on old LCD screens for years!
    +1
    2012-08-18 02:31 AM
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