Patent suggests iPhone calling functions can be controlled via camera swipe gestures

Patent suggests iPhone calling functions can be controlled via camera swipe gestures
Always attempting to find new and ingenious ways of perfecting the iPhone, there was a new patent application revealed this week entitled “Camera as Input Interface.” It was originally filed back in August 2008 and is credited to Chad Seguin, Justin Gregg, and Michael Lee. Basically the new patent would involve finger swipes over the iPhone's camera that would allow some in-call functions to be executed. Additionally, the phone's accelerometer could also be used to detect a user tapping on the iPhone which could also allow in-call functions to be executed without having to remove the phone from your ear. Some of these movements detected by the camera would allow users to forward or rewind voicemails by simply swiping a finger across the camera or even tap the handset to pause or resume playback. Everyone knows how difficult it is at times when you're trying to juggle your phone while listening or talking on it – hence why this new feature would make it less cumbersome. Thinking away from all the calling functions, another new feature stated in the patent application would also allow “a user may navigate a document being shown on a display screen of the device by guiding his finger over the camera lens." This isn't the first time we've seen something like this before as the soon to be Motorola BACKFLIP for AT&T allows for a similar function. It's still unheard if the next generation iPhone would utilize some or all of the features stated in the patent application, but it does provide some insight to what may lay ahead for the venerable smartphone.

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6 Comments

1. theGodpapa

Posts: 181; Member since: Dec 15, 2009

thats a cool idea, but how do you patent something that obviously someone else has already done? Shouldnt that be called "infringement" and " ripping "? Once again, Apple wants to bank on someone's else technology. Not so revolutionary, just like the touch screen phone concept that LG designed first and Palm broke ground with. Sad but typical.

2. theGodpapa

Posts: 181; Member since: Dec 15, 2009

and whats with the automatic negative rating from anyone who states anything against apple, att, or verizon and a droid? seriously, this is getting out of hand. I can understand putting a negative for a bad comment, but when replies are thought out , they are still getting a minus.

3. tuminatr

Posts: 1144; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

read about this in windows phone 7, it will be big I think Microsoft is calling it gesture technology

4. whocares

Posts: 235; Member since: Dec 19, 2009

you said bad things about final fantasy.. we all hate you.

5. theGodpapa

Posts: 181; Member since: Dec 15, 2009

final fantasy is a game for kids and kids who cant grow up . Get a girlfriend, or a social life. Seriously. If you take those comments personally then you have emotional issues that probably require less time on the internet and more time with a therapist. I actually enjoyed those games when I was 12. But they are too time consuming and very weird in their story lines. I dont have time for those kind of things, especially not on my cell phone. If you have that much time to do this on your cell phone, then maybe you should try and get some more friends to email or text or call???? And I never said anything bad about FF, I stated that the FF game is not newsworthy or ground breaking enough to command a entire article on here.

6. whocares

Posts: 235; Member since: Dec 19, 2009

lol umad? plus hobbies do not mean one does not have a social life. nice try tho ;) plus youre trolling the same forums as me :D

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