Then, the iPad could project an image of a control panel or keyboard onto the surface. And apparently your fingers on the projected keys would be translated into text. This latter step seems, to our unscientific mind, far more difficult and far more necessary if you're going to have a projected keyboard that you can actually use, instead of just look at.
It's all a little fuzzy.
But intriguing, no? "Remember, this could also apply to Apple's iPhone as well which would indicate that there would be some kind of associated smart cover or built-in stand so that the projected keyboard could function properly onto a surface. Apple's Smart Cover for the iPad may suffice or Apple could introduce a built-in kickstand as their September 2012 patent suggests."
So this intriguing and cool laser depth perception system actually will only work if you have the right accessories to hold the iPad in just the right position.
Purcher republishes an Apple drawing that shows an iMac with the Intriguing Depth Perception System consisting of the front-facing iSight camera and not one but two laser sources. With depth perception, the iMac (or the iPad) "is able to detect a user approaching it and activate a particular program, application, awake from sleep or power save mode, and the like." How this is different from "mere" presence detection is not explained.
We have to confess that even with the intriguing "and the like" added to that sentence, making it fecund with future promise, it's difficult for us to get the "wow-ness" of this feature.
iPad 5 will have GF2 DITO OMG IMHO screen structure
The ever-informative "industry sources" sent a thrill through the iOSphere when they confessed to DigiTimes that the Next iPad "will reportedly use the same G/F2 (DITO) thin-film type touch screen structure as the company's iPad mini ..."
And why? "[I]n order to make the device thinner and lighter, according to industry sources."
"Apple's current 9.7-inch iPad models use a G/G touch screen structure," DigiTimes declared. "The sources said Apple's move to use DITO technology shows the company is looking to bump up its competition in the tablet segment and that it has more adequate supply to the technology compared to one-glass-solution (OGS) technology."