Apple patent allows iOS devices to share content by pouring it out

Apple patent allows iOS devices to share content by pouring it out
If you can pour water from a pitcher to a glass, you soon might be able to share content on your Apple iPhone with another iOS powered device. A patent filed by Apple shows that the Cupertino based firm has developed a way to move files, web pages, contacts and more, between devices using Apple's mobile operating system. Unlike the HP TouchPad's Touch to Share, which requires two webOS devices to touch, Apple's technology requires the use of certain gestures and both the sending and receiving models do not physically interact with each other.

In a clever metaphorical use of a gesture, the device sharing the content would be tipped like a pitcher of water "pouring" the content into the receiving iOS device. Motion sensors on the device "pouring" the content would allow the items on the unit's screen to slide down as if gravity were pushing them toward the receiving device. Using the pictures on the patent filing, the Apple iPad would be able to interpret the pouring motion of the Apple iPhone as a sign that the latter has files to share. Once the iPhone determines that the iPad is available to receive the content, a link between the two iOS devices is established via Bluetooth or RFID signals. Once  the signals are authenticated, the iPhone requests that the iPad accept the content and the data is transferred.

Other animation that could be used to "show" content sharing include having the content appear to "float" from one screen to another, or appear to go down an hourglass, or even as a Alka-Seltzer type tablet dissolving in bubbles.

In another use of the technology covered in the patent,a person using an Apple iPad in a room with an Apple iPhone user could share content with the latter person by flicking on the tablet's screen in the direction of the iPhone that the content is to be shared with. This would be useful in a class room or boardroom setting.

source: PatentlyApple via Gizmodo

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1. android_hitman unregistered

probably in iOS6 or even 7 we will see this feature.. nice though. sadly useless for me because i don't own an apple device and probably never will

15. cheetah2k

Posts: 2256; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

So Apple are investing in patents that "pour", rather than revamping iOS which is as boring as fcuk after 4 years.... ROFLMAO...

16. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Boring? Yet it's still selling millions and millons. Also, how can you say that iOS is boring when you don't have it :)

22. cheetah2k

Posts: 2256; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

I've had every iphone version over the last 4 years, and iOS is as boring as fcuk... Got it?

19. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Ummm...not exactly an Apple fan here, but I think this IS what you would consider investing in making an OS less boring...

2. Cvballa3g0 unregistered

Almost like bump?

9. iwebdroidberry7

Posts: 230; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Bump required contact of the two devices. Or has the meaning of the word "bump" been changed recently?

11. SavageLucy42

Posts: 211; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

Probably why he said "almost" unless the meaning of that word has also changed recently?

3. G-reg unregistered


4. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011


5. WDBJ unregistered

Very similar to bump haha. I think they Apple should focus on perfecting the notification bar first before adding another Android feature to an Apple device...ZzZzZz

10. Hallucinator

Posts: 391; Member since: May 24, 2010

Bump was actually a IOS app first.

13. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Seriously, you guys need to realize that no matter how open Android is, it will always be platform of second choice to developers. This is why Android fans are super annoying. Will talk just to talk. Why did Hallucinator get a -1?

6. Markman2012

Posts: 18; Member since: May 03, 2011

Crapples at it again being a patent Junkie

7. stealthd unregistered

Companies that don't patent everything they can get screwed.

17. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Bummer, I guess they can't copy this feature now :)

8. Markman2012

Posts: 18; Member since: May 03, 2011

i understand that fact but ...nvm no need to debate this on PA cause everyones a fanboy

12. WoW unregistered

Markman2012, or you just don't have any good arguments to come up with. You people can be such dumb@sses it's not even funny. If you had half the business brain that Apple has you might be able to understand why they do what they do. You say the company is greedy when you would jump at the first opportunity to make some sort of money. You think Google respects privacy when it comes to monopolizing the search engine industry? Come on....

14. Markman2012

Posts: 18; Member since: May 03, 2011

first i dident say anything about google,nor did i say anything about apple being greedy but since you bring up the point yes they are,second welcome to the cullt of jobs,FYL

18. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

And which cult are you with :)

20. Markman2012

Posts: 18; Member since: May 03, 2011

the cult of progress

21. Robert235

Posts: 70; Member since: May 30, 2010

apple should patent a iphone that not the same thing from last year.

23. iosmaster

Posts: 115; Member since: Jul 06, 2011

To the cheetah crap up there how can ios be boring if it has tons of games and i mean good quality games, i cant find entertainment playing with my task manager or widgets, or do u??

24. TKFox007

Posts: 303; Member since: Nov 02, 2010

Do they really need a patent for that?

25. WDBJ unregistered

"iosmaster" you should probably start getting used to widgets ;)


Posts: 38; Member since: Jun 14, 2011

i think this is real creative..good job apple

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