If all Apple patents came true, more than computers we would have like little geniuses at our disposal. I remember not long ago we told you that the company was working on a keyboard that adjusted automatically to the user. It was leaning at just the perfect angle to work on. Imagine that the screen does the same. It would be wonderful to open the MacBook and see how the elements begin to move just in order to to be able to better adapt to the way of working of each one. That is what he proposes in this new patent.
Before starting to tell more explicitly what this patent is about, we must remember that precisely because it is a patent It’s just an idea. An idea that is based on the research of Apple engineers and that is reflected on paper but that may not be seen as a reality in the future. If not, let it stay as an idea. A great idea, yes, but it may not convince everyone equally.
You probably already knew this, but you have to remember that Apple pays close attention to exactly what angle its MacBook Pro displays are tilted at at each Apple Store. They are positioned exactly at the correct angle for buyers to automatically open them more widely, thus beginning to form a relationship with the machine. That they fall in love with the computer and that in the end end up buying it which is what you really want.
Apple wants that extreme to become a reality on its own. That is, while you sit in front of your MacBook Pro, the screen could detect when you are at an ergonomic angle, and when you are not. When you’re not, you could tilt the screen to better suit you. “The processing system can be configured to determine a target position for the part of the screen,” says the patent application.
Based at least in part, on a location of the object in the image and having the system actuate the hinge mechanism and move the screen part, relative to the base part, from an initial position to the target position. The laptop may also include a position feedback system configured to determine an actual position of the screen part in relation to the base part.
The idea is that a camera, which could use technology similar to Face ID could center the screen in relation to our face. “The optical detection system may include a projector configured to project a pattern of light onto the user and a sensor configured to detect at least a portion of the pattern of light that is reflected by the user.”
Furthermore, all the drawings in the patent application show the gaze detected from a camera mounted almost where the famous Notch is.
However, if the screen can be adjusted while open in this way, it also follows that perhaps it could also do something when it is closed. Although the patent application focuses on how to determine the correct positioning for an open display screen, it also refers to “a technique for automatically opening a device.” In that idea, touching the lid of a closed MacBook Pro, or perhaps performing a predetermined, user-configurable pattern, would cause it to open on its own. It seems like science fiction, but it would be very useful, especially when we receive a call and we have to open the laptop with one hand.
Let’s not throw the bells flying Because as we have said at the beginning of the article, only and for now, it is a patience and we must be patient to see if it becomes a reality. But imagine for a moment, arrive at the meeting, drop the MacBook Pro on top of the message, pass your hand over it and it opens by itself, turns on, recognizes our face, starts up and adjusts the keyboard and screen to our best configuration. Amazing.
Now I don’t want to imagine what it can cost that all this technology is implanted in a laptop and I cannot say what it could weigh or the size that MacBook (Pro) would have.