Thursday, May 8, 2014

Apple Invented Touch Sensitive Button to distinguish Accidental or Actual touch

Apple Patent
An updated Apple patent published by the U.S Patent and Trademark Office reveals that the touch sensitive button would be capable in distinguishing from an accidental activation and an actual finger touch. Apple being a pioneer in touchscreen devices has come up with this new entry where the concept comes from a patent continuation and discovered by AppleInsider entitled `Configurable Buttons for Electronic Devices,’ A

pple’s invention is related to a touch sensitive depressible button which can generate input based on a depression of the button or based on a gesture performed on a surface of the button. Moreover, the button can generate input based on the depression as well as the touch event.

Physical Button – Associated Touch Sensor

The Touch ID featured first in the iPhone 5s and recently, a hacker group showed that the biometric security function could be tricked with a fake finger. In spite of the risk and according to findings being negligible, this feature will be making its appearance very soon.

This invention by Apple has a physical button with an associated touch sensor, touch sensitive buttons, which could detect instantly when the user is touching it.

In doing so, the button would be capable of knowing when it is being activated by a finger or an accidental touch and with this method; Apple has made it possible in identifying an accidental touch from a real finger press touch on portable device.

Beneficial to Users

These functions would be very beneficial especially with wearable electronics like the company’s latest rumoured iWatch, a portable device which is susceptible to accidental touch as it is being worn by the user. Apple’s patent provides a method by which the system can detect that the touch is unwanted and can ignore the same.

The patent includes illustration for what seems to be an unused design for the wearable clip on iPod shuffle and an example of one is that the buttons on the device are temporarily disabled when the clip on the rear of the device is squeezed enabling the user to place the device on their clothing without the need of activating the buttons in the front.

Avoid Unintentional Operation

The invention takes into account the need to avoid unintentional operation of button which is applicable to all portable electronics which include smartphone, media players, tablets, as well as notebooks. Some examples given by Apple include sleep, menu, power, volume and multipurpose buttons. Since Apple has a touch sensitive button of sorts on the iPhone 5s as the smartphone’s home button which includes the touch ID fingerprint scanner.

With the use of the Touch ID, users can now securely unlock their iPhone once the handset identifies their fingerprint from an actual finger when placed on the button. In continuation of the patent it is also revealed that more basic touch sensing possibilities could also be used on other buttons for future portable devices likely to come up from Apple as indicated by the USPTO recently. And inventors like John Benjamin Filson, Stephen Brian Lynch, Emery Sanford and Pinida Ian Moolsintong have been credited by U.S. Patent No 8,717,199. Do get back to Macmyth and get acquainted with the latest updates on Apple Technology.

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