Apple Touch Screen Technology: As you know, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is famous for many things. Like many, you may have fallen in love with the company’s touch screen technology the first time you put it to good use.
Now, it appears that Apple is taking things a step further as it attempts to bring even more functionality to the way that its touch screen technology works.
One of its most recent patents, Accessory protocol for touch screen device accessibility, discusses potential additions in great detail.
While there is a lot of information outlined in the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) patent, what you really need to know is that this focuses on a technique for controlling a touchscreen device using non-touch accessories.
If this sounds confusing, maybe the abstract of the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) patent will clear things up:
“Techniques for controlling a touch input device using an accessory communicatively coupled to the device are disclosed. In one aspect, an accessibility framework is launched on the device. An accessory coupled to the device is detected. Receipt of input from the accessory is enabled. An accessibility packet is received from the accessory. The accessibility packet includes an accessibility command and one or more parameters. The accessibility packet is processed to extract the first accessibility command and the one or more parameters. Input is generated for the accessibility framework based on the accessibility command and the one or more parameters. In some implementations, the device also sends accessibility commands to the accessory, either in response to accessibility commands received from the accessory or independent of any received accessibility commands.”
As you can see, there is one word in this overview that comes up time and time again: accessibility.
More specifically, it is the accessibility framework that allows this patent to stand out.
As you can imagine, this type of technology would be quite helpful to those with disabilities. Here is what the patent had to say about this:
“For example, an accessibility framework can provide screen reading functionality, can support Braille output, and can otherwise provide users with information about content that is displayed on a screen of a display. An example accessibility framework is VoiceOver, available from Apple, Inc. of Cupertino, Calif.”
This is one of those Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) patents that can truly change the way people use its technology, while also bringing some comfort to those with disabilities.
The patent was filed for on February 26, 2010. Inventors are listed as Christopher Fleizach, Paul Holden, Eric Taylor Seymour, Emily Clark Schubert, Lawrence Bolton, and Sylvain Rene Louboutin.
If you are still having a difficult time understanding what this Apple patent is all about, the images on the following page may help you better understand: