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Apple files for patent on haptic feedback system

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Apple files for patent on haptic feedback system
You might recall that when all of those so-called "Apple iPhone-killers" were launched in 2007-2009, one of the features that they al had which the iPhone didn't was haptic feedback. From the LG Voyager to the Samsung Instinct and the LG Dare, all of these featurephones touted that feedback as a way to improve the accuracy of typing on a virtual QWERTY. And now, it seems that Apple has filed a patent for its own haptic feedback system for the Apple iPhone and Apple iPad.

Apple had been loath to add the haptic feeback to its keyboard since it considered its virtual QWERTY the best on the market and in no need of an aid. Either Apple has changed its mind about haptic feedback, or else it was laying low until it had a version that it feels will blow away the competition. Not only does the application reveal that Apple has apparently changed its mind about haptic feedback,, it also describes the manufacturing process. It all begins with an array of piezoelectric actuators placed under the iPhone display. These are the sensors that were used in the BlackBerry Storm 2 to make the SurePress clicking screen more responsive. In the case of the haptic feedback on the iPhone, these actuators allow you to feel localized vibrations as your finger moves around the glass. The actuators could be in a grid under the glass or in the form of strands stretched across the screen.

Apple's filing also discusses measuring how hard your touch is, figuring out your true intent and responding with just the right amount of vibration. The application also adds the steps necessary to mass produce a device with this form of haptic feedback on board. It should be interesting to see how much Apple's haptic feedback differs from the versions that LG, Samsung, RIM and HTC have loaded on their handsets for years. Most Android models still offer haptic feedback as an option when typing.

source: USPTO via UnwiredView

Apple's version of haptic feedback

Apple's version of haptic feedback


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posted on 22 Mar 2012, 07:46 14

1. andro. (Posts: 1972; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


If Apple gets a haptic feedback patent it better be the very very specific version of it and not given generic version of it as haptic feedback has been in phones for years now and would border on the ridiculous!

That saying the haptic feedbacks mentioned in the blackberry storms were terrible and caused so many faults and problems

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 09:49 4

12. darkkjedii (Posts: 12749; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Man andro I hated that feature on the storm. Ho rri ble!!!

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 12:25 1

22. andro. (Posts: 1972; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


They were a nightmare for so many customers!

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 16:09

27. stealthd (Posts: 980; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


Yes, that's how patents work. Thanks for stating the obvious.

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 07:48 14

2. zaryab_hussain77 (Posts: 102; Member since: 30 Jun 2011)


apple u r stupid

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 09:49 3

13. darkkjedii (Posts: 12749; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Why, and how are they stupid?

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 07:52 10

3. darktranquillity (Posts: 284; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


So i guess from now on if a non apple user apply the same amount of pressure on phone screen as a apple user intends to apply, he will be screwed with litigations for patent violation?

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 07:58 6

4. PimpStrong (Posts: 310; Member since: 25 Jul 2011)


Boy I thought Apple was patent trolling again. Trying to get royalties.

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 08:12 1

5. buggerrer (Posts: 288; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)


seriously?

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 08:25 6

6. frydaexiii (Posts: 1239; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


ARE...YOU...F^&%^*&...SERIOUS??? WTF is their problem? If they're selling so well why are they so afraid of other companies...Only reason would be because they know they're losing...

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 09:51 5

14. darkkjedii (Posts: 12749; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


It seems all they've done is come out with their wn unique system for it. If that's the case, then they should patent it.

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 19:02 2

31. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


did u even read what u said? so u think if a company is ahead, they should not look towards any other technologies as that would show they are losing? seriously?

and this patent appears to show haptic feedback in a different way than anyone else has done… so i dont think its a general patent as many have rushed to the conclusion of

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 08:38 12

7. Sniggly (Posts: 7183; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Just one more example of Apple taking an idea from the competition and implementing it while accusing the competition of stealing everything from them.

I have no problem with the former part, just the latter. If Apple weren't so litigous i wouldn't have an issue with them improving their devices. And haptic feedback is an improvement. People who try the keyboards on Android phones constantly comment on how much they like the vibrating response.

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 09:37 3

11. remixfa (Posts: 14193; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


I used to love it but now I just keep it off.

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 09:59 3

16. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


I actually like it but as long as it's mild vibration. I don't like the ones that are too strong.

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 12:27 2

23. andro. (Posts: 1972; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


I generally leave it off aswell,its a bit of a battery hog over time if you are a heavy texter also. Haptic feedbacks are fine,its the noisy click click noises that people leave turned on on theirs phones when they press the keys thats really frustrating

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 16:31

28. htc_prep (Posts: 303; Member since: 09 Oct 2009)


This seems like Apples way of beating Microsoft and their idea of creating a virtual keyboard that vibrates in the form of the letter or create an actual combo physical and vibration keyboard to the punch rather than monopolize that feature. Just my 2 cents.

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 08:39 5

8. bragzter (Posts: 48; Member since: 21 Feb 2012)


Apple is playing catch up with the rest of the industry and are trying to make it look like they're doing it better. They had better not get this, because I already smell injunction lawsuits coming against every single competitor.

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 08:40 5

9. tluv00 (Posts: 134; Member since: 18 Oct 2007)


iOS Keyboard spellcheck sucks.

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 08:55

10. good2great (Posts: 1040; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


are any of you folks commenting CEO's of cell phone manufacturing companies?

if not, why are yall so MAD about this???

at most, apple will be receiving royalties from mobile phones who have it... yall act like they are gonna BAN all non apple devices that use it... COME ON people!

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 11:34 2

18. bayusuputra (Posts: 946; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


"at most, apple will be receiving royalties from mobile phones who have it"
yeah, that's exactly the problem, dumbass.. if apple get this and start suing others, we as customers will have to pay more. for what? for this stupid litigation thing!

if apple wants to patent it, go ahead, but make-so-effing-sure that the patent is very specific, and not just "haptic feedback when user touches the screen".. and don't start suing everybody else who uses different method of vibration feedback..

gosh, i think i will see the adult toy companies being sued as well..

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 09:54 1

15. darkkjedii (Posts: 12749; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Motorola so itso facto google has more patents than apple. So y wouldn't apple apply for a patent if they've developed their own unique haptic system. What wrong with that people?

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 11:36 2

19. bayusuputra (Posts: 946; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


i don't have anything against it as long as the patent is for that specific unique method.. and apple better not suing others who have different methods..

what i can see is apple will get this specific patent, but will start suing everybody else who got haptic feedback on their devices..

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 09:59 1

17. darkkjedii (Posts: 12749; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


All auto makers have damping system technology, however Chevy developed a specific system for the Corvette zr1. They patented it,and now rake in millions from Ferrari,lambo, and nascar for it's use. Apple would b stupid not patent something if they think it's worth it to do it.

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 11:38 2

20. bayusuputra (Posts: 946; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


the difference is Chevy didn't patent it and start suing everybody, but they OFFER the technology, and others buy it.. and that's how apple should do it.. not blindly patenting anything that cross their mind and start suing everybody else..

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 16:45

29. htc_prep (Posts: 303; Member since: 09 Oct 2009)


It's yet to be seen to be seen they will try to get sue happy. Patents dont act retroactively so phones produced before this is enacted are exempt and as long as phones aren't using this exact delivery method future haptic feedback is safe. Products services laws and ideas are always improved upon. Someone had to refine haptic feed back. That just is part of life and evolution.

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 11:40 1

21. bayusuputra (Posts: 946; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


Like i always said, i don't really hate apple products, i just hate how they behave like a predator in their business.. it's like, "there should only be one tech company in the world, that's apple, the rest must either bow, or disappear.."

and that's tyranny i must say..

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 12:58

24. skymitch89 (Posts: 1124; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


And hopefully they don't get it because then basically every smartphone ever made that has haptic feedback will be in violation, and some feature phones as well.

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 13:53

25. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1655; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Ah yes I loved my Instinct back in the day. Pretty stupid they weren't the first to use it but want to patent it like they were.

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 14:38

26. drtech (banned) (Posts: 135; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


So many dumb trolls. Apple isn't trying to patent haptic feedback. They're trying to patent their own unique method of using it.

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 17:08 2

30. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


Next,Apple is going to patent car chargers and blue tooth headsets. Get a grip!!!

posted on 23 Mar 2012, 12:00 1

32. kcombs (Posts: 254; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)


I don't know what the big deal is, first thing I did when I got my Galaxy Note was turn haptic feedback off. not something I care to use.

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