Apple Patents: Apple Automatic Switching Mode Patent

Apple Patents: Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is always looking for the next big thing. The company is always looking for a way to best the competition. With this in mind, it is easy to see why the tech giant applies for so many patents every year. Simply put, they don’t want other companies to beat them to the punch.

Apple is actually the smart money’s second favorite publicly traded company (see why it’s important to pay attention to hedge fund activity).

Apple Inc (AAPL)One of the most interesting patent applications out of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) in the recent past has to be this one: Electronic device with automatic mode switching

You can view the patent in its entirety here, on the United States Patent and Trademark Office website.

While the name pretty much gives an idea of what this patent is all about, the abstract explains it in greater detail:

“An electronic device for predicting or anticipating a user’s operational desires. The electronic device is ready to perform the anticipated function without input from the user by using sensors to sense environmental attributes. The sensors can include an ambient light sensor, a force sensor, a temperature sensor, an ambient noise sensor, and a motion sensor. The electronic device also includes a control mechanism for switching between modes for the device.”

Do you like the idea of your Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) device being able to read your mind? If so, this is the patent you have been waiting for. With this technology, a device, such as the iPhone, would be able to predict your desires without any input. In other words, it would do the thinking for you.

Here is claim number one from the patent, giving even more detail of what to expect:

“A portable electronic device configure to anticipate a user’s operational desires such that the portable electronic device is ready to perform a user function without input from the user, comprising; one or more sensors configured to sense one or more environmental attributes surrounding the portable electronic device; and a control mechanism that provides a first mode and a second mode for the portable electronic device, wherein the control mechanism is operatively coupled to the one or more sensors and predicts the user’s operational desires by determining whether the device should be in the first mode or the second mode based on information collected by and received from the one or more sensors, and wherein the control mechanism automatically switches between the first and second modes based on the information received from the one or more sensors.”

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) filed for the patent on September 1, 2011. The sole inventor is Fletcher R. Rothkopf.

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