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Have we become so gadget enamored in the past few years that we're trolling US Patent Office and FCC websites to get the scoop on the newest gizmos? Yes. Yes we have. And today we bring you Apple's new patent for embedding cameras inside of a LCD screen.

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By placing sensors between individual pixels of an LCD monitor, a computer take take combine the data from all the sensors spread throughout the face and combine it to make a coherent image of a user's mug. One possible application is for business tele-conferencing, so that participants can look in each other's eyes. Second most popular application? Camwhores.

Patent [USPTO via New Scientist]