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Apple's All-Seeing Screen

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 7 years ago | from the don't-leave-this-on-by-accident dept.

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Based on a recent patent we may be seeing a new kind of display coming from the Apple store in the near future, one that can capture images as well as display them. From the article: "The clever idea is to insert thousands of microscopic image sensors in-between the liquid crystal display cells in the screen. Each sensor captures its own small image, but software stitches these together to create a single, larger picture."

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Clandestine image capture (5, Funny)

nizo (81281) | more than 7 years ago | (#15207413)

Now I know which monitor to recommend to that cute neighbor next door. "Sure, I would be happy to help you set up your new monitor and wireless router!" Which reminds me, which wireless router would be the best for streaming video?

Re:Clandestine image capture (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15207446)

Or you could use some normal pickup lines...oh wait, I forgot this is Slashdot...

Re:Clandestine image capture (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15207608)

Or you could use some normal pickup lines...

Unfortunately, "I've got a gun rack in my Chevy" only works in certain parts of the country. "Sports car lines" work almost everywhere, plus they make you more virile.

Re:Clandestine image capture (1)

TheJediGeek (903350) | more than 7 years ago | (#15207485)

Followed by, "Oh yeah, it would be MUCH better to set up your computer in your bedroom. Keeps it from cluttering the living room.... or something..."

Ministry of Truth (4, Funny)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 7 years ago | (#15207415)

So, what you're telling me is that Apple is NOT really the enemy of Big Brother, but Big Brother in disguise? I'm so confused. How can there be so many truths? The Ministry is supposed to protect us against such confusion by telling us ONLY the truth! If you'll excuse me, I think I need to go watch my telescreen now. Perhaps the truth is there.

Down with Goldstein!

(For those lacking context: Commercial [uriahcarpenter.info] | 1984 [gutenberg.net.au])

Re:Ministry of Truth (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15207429)

Big Brother? Check.
Two-minute Hate (e.g. evening news)? Check
Telescreen? Check.

We have always been at war with Terrorism.

Re:Ministry of Truth (0, Troll)

MindStalker (22827) | more than 7 years ago | (#15207483)

We have always been at war with Terrorism.
Actually, as almost all wars are religious in nature.. We have!! :)

Expand Your Mind (1)

EdotOrg (18710) | more than 7 years ago | (#15207571)

It's bigger than that. Imagine these screen used in clothing stores to capture your body image, and then replace the clothes with the newest fashions, as you turn and lean to see if they fit you.

Imagine walking past a downtown store and seeing and advertisment, with you inserted right into the ad!

Imagine this in a TV, and video conferencing where you can actually see someone eye to eye. You whole family can sit and talk to Grandma on the big TV, and she can talk to you on her big TV. Just like looking through a window.

There is really a lot more to this patent than just a computer monitor improvement / big brother is watching you.

Re:Expand Your Mind (1)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 7 years ago | (#15207764)

Why so serious? It's a joke that plays on the obvious irony of Apple's 1984 commercial. It's supposed to make you laugh, not act as a serious commentary about the potential perils of such technology.

Personally, I see the advantages of this technology quite clearly. It can allow video conferencing where you actually LOOK at the person you're talking to. This is a big difference from today where you tend to be looking off-center of the camera at the screen. If a sensor can be placed behind every pixel, it also means that the resolution of video conferencing cameras can be increased substantially. Last but not least, the focal point can be set to infinity, as there's no need for polar optics. Doing this with a regular sensor would get you a very high resolution capture of about an inch of space.

While I agree that there is a lot of potential for future use, this technology will be used TODAY to help break down the communications barriers of telecommuting and inter-office meetings.

Re:Ministry of Truth (4, Insightful)

peragrin (659227) | more than 7 years ago | (#15207572)

While Apple can be bad that way.

This tech is for video conferencing. Instead of having to look at a camera you can look at the screen to whom your talking to.

Re:Ministry of Truth (1)

cnettel (836611) | more than 7 years ago | (#15207585)

The truth is that Apple has always been the friend of Big Brother. You just remember incorrectly. Those links are obviously fake, as they contradict the truth.

Re:Ministry of Truth (1)

soxos (614545) | more than 7 years ago | (#15207718)

Come on comrade... Believing in something and knowing it to be completely false is the essence of doublethink. I'm surprised you aren't up on your lessons.

Freedom is Slavery
Ignorance is Knowledge
War is Peace

6/7G ipod? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15207417)

will something like this be used in the rumored touch-screen ipod? most likely down the road?

ummm (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15207419)

I dont think i want that. Wont it see me stroking my orangutan?

Doubleplusgood! (1, Insightful)

Wdomburg (141264) | more than 7 years ago | (#15207421)

"A large LCD screen filled with image sensors would be ideal for videoconferencing..."

Or telescreens. I suddenly want to dig out the 1984 commercial again.

Re:Doubleplusgood! (1)

alex_guy_CA (748887) | more than 7 years ago | (#15207540)

Yes, thank you. My thought exactly. And if you combine this with the news this week about Microsoft scanning computers checking for pirated software without user permission, well, where do you see this going?

In the new version of the 1984 commercial... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15207693)

...the chick would still run up to the screen and throw the sledgehammer only this time it would bounce off of the telescreen leaving only a pristine, perfectly cropped image of a sledgehammer on her desktop. Then she would be executed.

I got one of those.... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15207423)

It's called a webcam.

Shades of 1984 (1)

Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) | more than 7 years ago | (#15207424)

Paraphrasing from memory, and no, I didn't bother to actually look up the quote on the web even though I know it exists: And the telescreen didn't only recieve, but also transmitted, so that anything within the view of the telescreen was being watched. Not all the time, but you never quite knew when a watcher would tune in to your screen.

My monitor collects enough gunk (1)

IflyRC (956454) | more than 7 years ago | (#15207432)

Now the monitors at work will have who knows what stuck to them. Face prints and oil from people scanning in their stupid looking faces (like being pressed against a window)....or worse *shiver*

Re:My monitor collects enough gunk (1)

fshalor (133678) | more than 7 years ago | (#15207730)

Would you perfer the copier?

I mean; its their screen. Its everyone's copier. I'd rather have their junk on their screen than the copier plate. Or the scanner... Have you ever seen what happens when someone tries to sit on a cheap scanner? hehe...

Owell (0, Redundant)

greysky (136732) | more than 7 years ago | (#15207433)

Apple was the company that spoofed Orwell's 1984, and it looks like this technology is a mirror image of his "telescreens". Let's just hope that they aren't used for the purposes Orwell envisioned.

Obligatory: Facecrime (5, Interesting)

RobertB-DC (622190) | more than 7 years ago | (#15207435)

"It was terribly dangerous to let your thoughts wander when you were in any public place or within range of a telescreen. The smallest thing could give you away. A nervous tic, an unconscious look of anxiety, a habit of muttering to yourself -- anything that carried with it the suggestion of abnormality, of having something to hide. In any case, to wear an improper expression on your face (to look incredulous when a victory was announced, for example) was itself a punishable offence. There was even a word for it in Newspeak: facecrime, it was called."

Found it here: http://www.newspeakdictionary.com/ns-dict.html [newspeakdictionary.com]

Re:Obligatory: Facecrime (1)

lawnboy5-O (772026) | more than 7 years ago | (#15207722)

Awesome excerpt actually... i think the analogy to Orwell's work can only go so far here - its more about control - not mere voyeurism. Is it an enabling technology? of course... but can you blame apple for innovating? And haven't they (Apple) been more of an empowering act lately? Like with podcasting - freeing up speech and expression as apposed to limiting it like with facecrime?

Cue Big Brother Posts (0, Troll)

OverlordQ (264228) | more than 7 years ago | (#15207443)

Cue Big Brother Posts in 5 . . . 4 . . . 3 . . . err wait, this is Apple, "Apple is Good"(tm) right?

details? (1)

Nesetril (969734) | more than 7 years ago | (#15207456)

TFA doesn't give any details, lol. if the sensors are sandwiched between the regular image-producing liquid crystals that should put an upper bound on their density, killing the resolution. not to mention that an image "stitched together" from thousands of tiny (but physically spread out) sensors, has got to look like it is on drugs.

Re:details? (4, Informative)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 7 years ago | (#15207590)

an image "stitched together" from thousands of tiny (but physically spread out) sensors, has got to look like it is on drugs.

The highest resolution radio telescopes work by reconstructing an image from multiple spread-out receivers. I saw a demo at Cambridge about a decade ago where they used the same concept on optical wavelengths to produce a clearer image than Hubble was capable of from a small set of ground-based telescopes.

Re:details? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15207628)

Doesn't have to look bad. If done well and with the right sensors you could effectively build a phased array system which would provide excellent fodder for pat rec to determine 2.5d reconstruction. That could be the thing which will eventually drive 3d display systems.

Re:details? (1)

MoneyT (548795) | more than 7 years ago | (#15207710)

Kind of like how an image stiched together from thousands of tiny (but physically spread out) dots looks like it's on drugs, huh?

scary and freaking awsome at the same time (1)

falcon5768 (629591) | more than 7 years ago | (#15207457)

I cant help but thing how scary this thing would be from a privacy angle, while at the same time how cool and interesting this idea actually is

Re:scary and freaking awsome at the same time (3, Insightful)

DragonWriter (970822) | more than 7 years ago | (#15207587)

How is it any scarier from a privacy angle than a webcam? You chose whether you buy this kind of monitor, after all. Its more convenient than a webcam, but not necessarily scarier. Sure, screens outside of your control could have this functionality, but its not like concealed cameras in spaces under otehr people's control aren't a possibility (and frequent fact) of life without these new monitors.

Re:scary and freaking awsome at the same time (1)

Enigma_Man (756516) | more than 7 years ago | (#15207692)

How is it any more scary than having a webcam perched on top of your monitor. The only difference is the camera will record your face straight-on, rather than from 10 degrees above it...

-Jesse

Workaround (2, Interesting)

MECC (8478) | more than 7 years ago | (#15207459)

Kodak's patent mentions previous research suggesting a correlation between age and the way pupils react to light. As a person gets older, their pupils have greater difficulty widening to cope with dim light, it says. The company suggests that an age-verification system could take mug shots of a person from a set distance in controlled lighting, using a flash. Software would then measure the size of their red-eye dots to determine how wide their pupils are and make an estimate of their age.

I wonder if a picture of an older person with the red eyes in would fool such a sampling.

Eye contact! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15207462)

This would enable you to maintain eye-contact with your counterpart in video over IP.

News from the It-was-bound-to-happen dept. (1)

ductonius (705942) | more than 7 years ago | (#15207464)

Telescreens are here.

Seriously, put one of these up and *everyone* will give you a nice mug-shot when they look it.

Maybe I should invest in a company that makes Guy Faulks masks.

Re:News from the It-was-bound-to-happen dept. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15207603)

Guy FAWKES.

It's not even a similar spelling, it just sounds similar.

Asleep at the wheel (0)

ryarger (69279) | more than 7 years ago | (#15207472)

Come on people, it's been minutes and no-one has said the obvious yet:

In Soviet Cupertino, the LCD watches you!

Maybe ready by Mother's day next year? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15207477)

On the same page as the article they also talk about a great item for women: The Microwave Breast Scanner


An array of up to a hundred mini-antennae would be built into a soft, breast-shaped sensing device. Each antenna would emit a very short burst of microwave energy, rapidly scanning across several frequencies, at just one-hundredth of the power output of an ordinary cellphone.


If only you could vary the strength, you could have a dual purpose home mammogram/coffee warmer machine! Though mixing up the settings might not be so good.

bad jokes from the grave (3, Funny)

afex2win (941849) | more than 7 years ago | (#15207480)

so does this mean those old email jokes that "took a picture of you magically through your monitor" might actually end up showing an ugly nerd instead of a monkey?

Online Palm readings (1)

demonic-halo (652519) | more than 7 years ago | (#15207486)

<b>So it really turns out there is some truth to online palm readings after all.</b>

Any of you guys see those sites that tell you to smuge your face to the screen and click a button, then on the next page says you're an idiot? I guess now you won't have to feel so stupid.

In Soviet Russia... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15207491)

screen looks at you!

Cool - but spooky... (1)

BigZaphod (12942) | more than 7 years ago | (#15207506)

It'll nicely eliminate the classic webcam-looking-down-on-you situation, but it makes covert spying by nasty software a very real possibility. Not to mention that technology like this will end up in screens in stores, on streets, and eventually even in your television. It's the ultimate hidden camera - hidden in plain sight! Abuse is a given.

Sure, eventually we'll all adapt to the idea that screens could be watching us in the same way we are watching them - but that's going to take a long, long time to really sink in...

Re:Cool - but spooky... (1)

mariox19 (632969) | more than 7 years ago | (#15207738)

The result of eliminating the "webcam-looking-down-on-you" viewpoint, as you put it, will be to meet the original expectations that everyone had of video conferencing from watching Star Trek or even The Jetsons. I think this is fantastic.

As to the video monitor being the "ultimate hidden camera," couldn't that be solved by installing a small indicator light on the monitor, hardwired to the video transmission so that no software could bypass it? If so, then it's no problem.

I'm looking forward to this. I very much enjoy video conferencing, but for the fact that I only have two or three other households in my circle.

Apple has been a leader in addressing this problem (5, Insightful)

jwachter (319790) | more than 7 years ago | (#15207509)

The iSight video camera was distinctive back when it was introduced for two reasons (versus most other web cams commonly used at that time). First, it connected via FireWire. Second, it came with mounting brackets (included, for free in the iSight box) to attach the camera securely to the top center of Apple's LCD monitors and laptop screens.

The result of this second "innovation"? iSight video confernces looked significantly more natural and more natural than web conferences hosted using Logitech and other web cams that (typically) sat to the bottom right or left of the computer monitor (or awkwardly on top) and, hence, gave participants really skewed views of each others' faces.

The innovation described in TFA is the logical next step of this eminently sensible design decision that Apple has been promoting for years.

(Side note: the reason why the iSight demos in Apple keynote addresses look so darn good is that the participants are looking at the iSight camera, and not at the actual screen when they're doing the demo. It's a very subtle shift, but it still matters. Kind of a clever, sneaky way to make the product look even better than it actually does.)

Any standard monitor can already do this (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15207524)

Any standard monitor can already do this, in fact this technology has been available for several years on monitorcamera.com [monitorcamera.com].

price? (1)

PhantomBlade (962449) | more than 7 years ago | (#15207528)

just how expensive would a display like this cost? if the whole display is comprised of a few thousand microsensors which can only pick up a grid of a few pixels each (i assume, correct me if i'm wrong), you'd need over 10000 to get a decent sized image. If all you can get is 640x480 for example, i'd pick a normal webcam over this anyday.

Lenses? (2, Insightful)

Ungrounded Lightning (62228) | more than 7 years ago | (#15207536)

Unless they've also inserted thousands of tiny lenses the device is just a cute hack to create a no-moving-parts contact scanner. Put the thing you want scanned up to the screen and illuminate it with the screen's light. (You can get color by having the sensors sensitive to all the colors of the screen and flashing the screen in each color.)

With lenses they could make it an insect-style compound eye. But the focus would probably be pretty rotten due to diffraction limits from the small size of the lenses. (You might be able to post-process some of that out, though.)

Re:Lenses? (1)

MenTaLguY (5483) | more than 7 years ago | (#15207742)

Rather than (or in addition to) having a tiny lens on each sensor, you can apply interferometry to get a giant "virtual" lens.

Re:Lenses? (1)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | more than 7 years ago | (#15207766)

With lenses they could make it an insect-style compound eye. But the focus would probably be pretty rotten due to diffraction limits from the small size of the lenses. (You might be able to post-process some of that out, though.)

There are those microlenses that can change shape with charge. A million fixed-focus lenses would be much cheaper to manufacture than variable ones though.

But I suspect your second hunch is the right one - you can do some pretty amazing things in software now. There was an article here I think last year where a guy was simulating all manner of focus patterns given an array of sensors (somebody go look it up for easy mod points). You can probably do some limited kinds of BulletTime effects with it as well - look for it in PhotoBooth 4, I'd say.

Did you read all of the blurbs? (1)

virgil_disgr4ce (909068) | more than 7 years ago | (#15207543)

An array of up to a hundred mini-antennae would be built into a soft, breast-shaped sensing device. I actually already possess two highly effective breast-sensing devices.

Very cool. (1)

localman (111171) | more than 7 years ago | (#15207546)

I was wondering when someone would solve that. As small a thing as it may seem, I think the main problem with video chat is that you can't look into the other person's eyes. Even with the iChat built into the bezel on the new macs, there's still this disconcerting thing about a person looking at your neck while you talk. It's probably hard coded in our brain to be suspicous of such folks.

Cheers.

The Toddler Test (1)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | more than 7 years ago | (#15207698)

As small a thing as it may seem, I think the main problem with video chat is that you can't look into the other person's eyes.

I think you're right. I got a set of D-Link videophones for us and my parents (they sit on top of the TV) and my 2-year old daughter is always trying to show her grandparents her latest tricks. She sees them on the screen, so she puts herself right where this new kind of display would work, a few feet from the screen. She doesn't get that the camera has a limited field of view and that it's shooting straight over her head to the couch where it's normally aimed.

I find how 2-year olds expect technology to work is a good indication of how it really ought to work.

Jesus christ, people. (2, Funny)

Gannoc (210256) | more than 7 years ago | (#15207548)


My iMac has a freaking camera in it too, and i'm not stocking up on canned goods in fear of the inevitable war with Eurasia.

I mean, it contains similarities to a fictional device...and you're acting like the only use is in the same sci-fi scenario.

Eurasian War Footing (1)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | more than 7 years ago | (#15207721)

I mean, it contains similarities to a fictional device...and you're acting like the only use is in the same sci-fi scenario.

Let me guess - you have a girlfriend? Let's extrapolate that to the fifty 1984 references littering the commentspace. 'nuff said.

Re:Jesus christ, people. (2, Informative)

jmonty (852206) | more than 7 years ago | (#15207747)

Yeah, but you can cover up the camera on your iMac and still use the display. This new display idea has the potential to prevent you from seeing the display without being seen. That's the Big Brother analogy.

I found that TA does not say much about the techno (1)

mapkinase (958129) | more than 7 years ago | (#15207558)

The present invention is an apparatus and method for rotating the display orientation of a captured image. The apparatus of the present invention preferably comprises an image sensor, an orientation sensor, a memory and a processing unit. The image sensor is used for capturing image data. The orientation sensor is coupled to the image sensor, and is used for generating a portrait signal if the image sensor is positioned in a portrait orientation relative to the object. The memory, has an auto-rotate unit comprising program instructions for transforming the captured image data into rotated image data in response to the portrait signal. The processing unit, is used for executing program instructions stored in the memory, and is coupled to the image sensor, the orientation sensor and the memory. read more [macsimumnews.com]

Next up on the Apple Rumor Sites .... (1)

kalidasa (577403) | more than 7 years ago | (#15207566)

The Apple iPod telescreen ...

To raise or lower volume - just twist your finger in the air above your iPod.
To select a song - just snap your fingers in the air above your iPod.

To tell Steve Jobs you love him ... just smile into the face of the iPod.

You cant be serious (1)

MrTester (860336) | more than 7 years ago | (#15207623)

Are you people that seriously freaked out by this?

Have any of you heard of something called a (forgive the technical jargon) "Web Cam"?
What are you people smoking?

There is nothing new here except combining 2 existing and widely used technologies.

How will this detract from your privacy in ways that cant be done now? You think that somehow your boss will sneak this new monitor in without you knowing? Well Ive got news for you: If you really think he might do that, then he probably already has a much cheaper web cam hidden in your cube and right this very moment hes watching you blather on Slashdot and laughing his a$$ off.

Get a grip.

Re:You cant be serious (1)

umedia (964947) | more than 7 years ago | (#15207745)

"How will this detract from your privacy in ways that cant be done now? You think that somehow your boss will sneak this new monitor in without you knowing? Well Ive got news for you: If you really think he might do that, then he probably already has a much cheaper web cam hidden in your cube and right this very moment hes watching you blather on Slashdot and laughing his a$$ off."

So true, however in my case, I picked the camera placement, installed the video server and obsfucated the user interface.

Now can we discuss the new iPods that can hear your thoughts and monitor for trade secret violations?

right... (1)

hamburger lady (218108) | more than 7 years ago | (#15207652)

For over 30 years, Barry Fox has trawled through the world's weird and wonderful patent applications, uncovering the most exciting, bizarre or even terrifying new ideas.

too bad he still can't tell the difference between a patent and a patent application. you'd think he'd get that after 30 years.

What I See... (1)

Nom du Keyboard (633989) | more than 7 years ago | (#15207656)

Based on a recent patent we may be seeing a new kind of display coming from the Apple store in the near future

What I see is Apple's lawyers descending on Slashdot for revealing their latest "Trade Secret".

Don't get the idea (1)

IAmAI (961807) | more than 7 years ago | (#15207657)

I don't get the idea, or are they just trying to be clever? What's wrong with a regular digital camera or web cam? I'm sure a miniture spy camera would be adequate. Do Apple think because it's technically clever that it will sell, even though it provides no real advantage over other older technology and will cost way more?

Next Big Thing (1)

Flwyd (607088) | more than 7 years ago | (#15207665)

Soon every bedroom will have an iMirror! You can decide if you look good and get a second opinion from your computer!

Touch screen, not camera! (4, Interesting)

isaac (2852) | more than 7 years ago | (#15207672)

Think touch-screen here, not camera. Regular touch screens typically register only a single point at a time. There are alternatives that use frustrated total internal reflection, but currently these require rear projection - not feasible for a tablet. See http://mrl.nyu.edu/~jhan/ftirtouch/ [nyu.edu] if you haven't already.

Incorporating sensing elements within the display will permit sensing multiple simultaneous points of contact of arbitrary size/shape in a tablet form-factor. Neat!

Apple's been patenting lots of touch-interface concepts recently, too. Vide. [uspto.gov]

This patent is probably more about touch-screens than screen as scanner (that'd be a neat trick too, but probably would require too much resolution) or camera (would require a different but perfectly calibrated refractive element at each sensor - probably impractical).

-Isaac

Touch screens (1)

0xABADC0DA (867955) | more than 7 years ago | (#15207684)

This would be perfect for touch screens since the software would be able to tell where the center was. Even though your finger may be very large, it approaches a specific point as you touch the screen. So you might 'touch' several on-screen buttons, but the mac would know (or at least have a better idea) which one you were trying for. It could also let you move things without actually touching the screen, so dragging wouldn't need constant pressure.

I realised I had seen this awful thing before... (2, Funny)

Cally (10873) | more than 7 years ago | (#15207686)

"It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen, when Skynet achieved consciousness."

So In Capitalist America... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15207691)

In Captialist America, the monitor monitors you!

(Sorry, someone had to say it.)

For all of the 1984 FUD generators... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15207696)

How is this any diffrent from a web cam except that it is embedded in a screen?

Application... (1)

DragonWriter (970822) | more than 7 years ago | (#15207709)

...everyone seems to focus (well, in addition to paranoia), on video conferencing, but it seems like, with the right software, this would enable some interesting UI advances, with interfaces that respond to gestures. I wonder how much each of those individual sensors is going to pick up? Presumably its more than one pixel, otherwise (as others have suggested) you've just got a contact scanner. If each is in effect a mini-digital-pinhole camera, it seems like it could have 3D imaging capability, which could be really interesting.

FAP... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15207717)

FAP FAP

Uh, the monitor does WHAT?!?!?

3-D? (1)

tgd (2822) | more than 7 years ago | (#15207719)

I'd think the software interpolating the final image would have to correct for the differences in angles from each image sensor to produce a flat 2-D image...

Which would imply if you shut it off, you'd be taking fairly detailed 3-D images (left/right view 3-D limits the viewer to a single viewing angle, but if you were taking 1600 images from left to right, you'd have a LOT more image data to produce a truer 3-D model)

Interesting...

feedback loops & digital aberrations (1)

haggishunk (964995) | more than 7 years ago | (#15207732)

This is innocently devoid of Big BrotherTM paranoia, but nevertheless...

Once the normally one-way device called the monitor has a feedback loop installed, think of the optical possibilities. Ever look into a mirror opposite to a another mirror and see way, way, way, way into it/them/whatever? Small imperfections are revealed as shape and color aberrations. Could this Apple monitor give us a new window (pun not indended) into the digital essence behind a computer?

I stared into the Apple... (1)

rblum (211213) | more than 7 years ago | (#15207733)

and it stared right back.

(Apologies to Nietzsche, but it had to be said)

A new twist on classic tales (1)

1800maxim (702377) | more than 7 years ago | (#15207760)

Monitor, monitor on the wall,

show me, who has been to this stall?

P.S. Personally, I will think twice about going to those washrooms that have advertising screens in front of you. Or will I? tan tan tan...

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