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Apple Patent Reveals "Movement-Aware" iPhones

Gordon Kelly

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Apple Patent Reveals "Movement-Aware" iPhones

Often the simplest ideas are the best. Consequently it's no real surprise the world's most opinion dividing tech company has come up with one...

The 'Variable Device Graphical User Interface' is a patent applied for late last week by Apple and it simply detects the rapid movement of a user when, for example, running and increases the size of the menu UI to make up for their loss in dexterity.

Or as Apple phrases its patent: "Methods, systems, devices, and apparatus, including computer program products, for adjusting a graphical user interface. A motion of a device is detected. A graphical user interface of the device is adjusted in response to the detected motion."

Of course being able to easily increase the size of the UI could also be chosen as a permanent option. Such a selection would certainly help the handset appeal to older generations or those suffering from poor eyesight. The submitted image makes the concept even clearer while also offering us the titbit of labelling a front facing camera in the iPhone design (it's number 180 for those prepared to squint).

Yep, as long as the motion detection isn't overly sensitive this is quite simply an excellent idea - and one which has now just been patented. Damn.

Links:

Patent Application

via MacRumours

Brian Carter

April 20, 2009, 2:25 pm

Good idea. It's probably not "motion" but "acceleration". "Motion" would mean that anyone in a car or on a train would always gets the modified display, whereas "acceleration" would mean they would hit it on speed changes and, for the UK, hitting a speed bump/pothole.



Peter

April 20, 2009, 2:50 pm

Next step. Add a breathalyser to iPhone which will increase the size of the display, and block ability to call or text any ex.

GoldenGuy

April 20, 2009, 7:22 pm

"Next step. Add a breathalyser to iPhone which will increase the size of the display, and block ability to call or text any ex."





And it'll lock you out of any Sat Nav app too.

Oliver Levett

April 21, 2009, 2:43 am

Hangon... The part of the patent you quote seems to imply that it's a patent for anything which responds to acceleration. Not specifically resizing UI elements.

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