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- Jul 27, 2011
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Apple is apparently trying to bring the future closer to us with its visionary technologies. Cupertino has just been awarded a couple of mind blogging new patents today. The most interesting one incorporates a technology that allows touch gestures on a device to disappear or appear at will.
The patent is called microperforation illumination and some of the artifices embedded in its design are already present in the glow in the dark casing found on Mac computers. The technology will presumably allow light to enter and shine through minuscule holes invisible to the naked eye located on a metal surface. The patent goes on to discuss how to handle the resulting light involving the concept of microperformation and how it can be mixed with touch controls
While providing attractive visual display elements and indicators for a user is very important in many electronic devices, much of the aesthetic appeal of a device can quickly be compromised if the visual display elements do not transmit enough light to be adequately perceived by a user. The aesthetic appeal of a device may also be diminished if inactive visual display elements remain perceptible to the user when in an "off" state.
The patent refers to a possible implementation as an example describing an Apple logo that is made up only of microperformations which will disappear completely from view when the computer is in sleep mode or shut off. The invention could also be successfully implemented in mice and keyboards.
Source - Apple tech can illuminate 'invisible' touch controls, displays