Apple patents a new way to control iPhones – blowing into them
Apple’s patent suggests users can perform actions on their iPhoneor Watch by simply blowing into them.
- The ‘blow events’ would be detected using a motion sensor and detecting changes in air pressure beyond a certain threshold.
- Apple has also patented a way to transform any surface into a touchscreen.
AdvertisementApple has patented a new way to control iPhones, describing a procedure to manage iPhones by blowing into them. To make it even more interesting, this feature could be expanded to Apple Watches, too.
According to a patent filing by the iPhone maker, the feature could allow users to switch between modes, likely extending to navigating the user interface. The patent suggests that the ‘blow events’ would be detected with a combination of a motion sensor and detecting changes in air pressure beyond a certain threshold.
Here’s an extract from the filing:
“Systems, methods, and computer-readable media for detecting blow events with an electronic device and for switching between different modes of an electronic device based on detected blow events are provided.”
Complimentary Tech Event
Transform talent with learning that works
Capability development is critical for businesses who want to push the envelope of innovation.Discover how business leaders are strategizing around building talent capabilities and empowering employee transformation.Know More
However, it is not exactly clear how feasible this would be in real life in case it’s windy outdoors and there’s no particular way to differentiate between wind and a user blowing into the iPhone or
It’s not the first time a blowing gesture has been used on a device, recently Sony had added this feature to its DualSense controller for the PS5, but instead of a motion sensor, it uses the mic to detect when a person is blowing into the controller.
Apple’s patent description suggests that blowing into the iPhone or Apple Watch could allow the user to avoid the use of the other hand to touch the device to perform an action. Voice assistants like Siri and Google Assistant help in this regard to a certain extent, but they are still not a complete replacement to manual interaction with the device.
Patents may not always translate to real-world features
It’s hard to imagine that ‘blow events’ would be a better or a relatively useful replacement to voice assistants. In any case, patent filings are not a confirmation of companies actually bringing those features to their devices.
For instance, Apple has filed another patent that claims to transform any surface into a touchscreen. This particular patent combines information from an infrared and a standard camera, fusing regular vision with ‘thermal vision’ and finally, translating it into a touch surface.
It's been a decade since Tim Cook became the CEO of Apple. Here's how his leadership has changed the world
Apple Watch Series 7 release date, price, features and everything we know so far
A group of Apple employees built a website for colleagues to share stories of harassment and discrimination
Popular on BI
- We asked ChatGPT who the greatest athlete of all time is and it did not go well for LeBron James
- A man kept the same pair of contact lenses in for 3 years, causing permanent astigmatism and buildup behind his eyelids. His doctor said he's not responsible enough to wear contacts.
- Clarence Thomas wrote a scathing, nearly 50-page dissent about why the Supreme Court should have gutted voting rights
- JioTag — A pocket-friendly alternative to Apple AirTag for finding your lost belongings
- Realme 11 Pro Plus vs Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus – the under ₹30,000 phone to buy
- How Tata Communications plans to chart its financial turnaround
- Railway jobs: 12,000 recruited under 'Rozgar Mela' initiative
- List of famous things to buy in Goa