Apple Applies for Patent for Pressure-Sensitive Touchscreens

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Aiming to go beyond just sensing the location of your finger on its touchpads and touchscreens, Apple has applied for a patent for a "Force Imaging Input and Device System," which amounts to a spring-like device underneath the touchscreen or touchpad. The pressure-sensitive "force detector" layer would create a separate set of data, or image, that could add another dimension to interacting with Apple's phones, media players, laptops and displays. After the jump, see a full-sized diagram of the idea.

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Illustration for article titled Apple Applies for Patent for Pressure-Sensitive Touchscreens


[AppleInsider]

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sumocat
sumocat

@dragonphyre: Actually, it could be used to prevent damage by telling you that you're pressing too hard.