Apple Files Patent for Transparent Display Screen
Published on: 30th Mar 2014
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Apple has filed for a patent that aims to make it easier to type on a phone while walking, by projecting an image of the street ahead of them onto the screen.
Basically, it uses the main camera on the back of the phone to display a video image of the street ahead onto the display screen, giving the illusion of a transparent screen.
The intention is to hopefully help users see obstacles on the street if they are too engrossed in their texting habits to otherwise look where they are walking.
"A user who is walking while participating in a text messaging session may inadvertently collide with or stumble over objects in his path because his attention was focused on his device's display instead of the path that he was traversing," according to the patent originally filed in September 2012.
However, Apple may struggle to patent this idea, as there is plenty of prior art around and apps have been offering similar functionality for several years.
Of course, they could just try to encourage people to stand still for a moment if they need to send a text message.