Could the new Apple patent be hinting at the ‘mightiest’ of all mice?

By on January 24, 2011
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Apple patent application depicts an input device with a built in touch screen display. Could this be the new Magic Mouse?

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Apple seems to have set the bar yet again and this time, it’s peripherals. If you thought Apple’s Magic Mouse with its single button and multi gesture awesomeness was all that, feast your Apple-loving eyes on the diagram below.

Apple mouse patent

Apple mouse patent diagram

Yeap. What you see above is indeed a patent application from the folks over at Cupertino, California. The patent itself is for a “Computer Input Device Including a Display Device” but the application goes on to detail some of the features of the mouse. These include, among other things, a touch screen interface on a ‘collimated glass’ display. This, opens the mouse up to an array of possibilities, from using it as a numerical keypad to even a graphics tablet.

While this is plenty impressive on its own, the mouse is said to be able to display a magnified version of anything underneath it on its ‘collimated glass’ display. The collimated glass would make the displayed image appear to be on the very surface of the mouse as opposed to under the glass.

Curiously though, the patent seems to have been filed on the 14th of July 2009 even though it was only published on the 20th of January 2011. And though this may explain why the diagram features Apple’s older mouse, one can only wonder if this is the real deal or yet another one of Apple’s numerous patent filings. Take from it what you will.

Via: Engadget

Source: Apple Patent

http://www.freepatentsonline.com/y2011/0012838.html

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