Apple touch screen could react to the force of your touch
A newly-published patent application describes a way to control your device by pressing down on its touch screen.
Your future iPhone or iPad could offer an interactive touch screen that reacts to the pressure exerted by your touch.
Published today by the U.S. Patent and Trademark office, an Apple patent application called “Embedded force measurement
takes the concept of taping on your touch screen at least one step
further. Instead of just lightly tapping on your screen, you would
actually press down on it to activate a command. The phone would measure
the force of your tap and respond accordingly.
As one example, an on-screen icon could let you control the volume of
your device. Pressing down on one side of the icon would raise the
volume, while pressing down on the other side would lower the volume.
Your device could even react differently based on the pressure of your
touch. Pressing down lightly on the volume icon would adjust the volume
gradually, while pressing down harder would adjust the volume more
Another example in the application highlights the benefit of the
technology to an app like Apple’s GarageBand. You could press harder on a
key on the virtual piano keyboard to play a note louder and press more
gently to elicit a softer note.
The patent application focuses on a mobile phone, but the invention
could be applied to other devices, including media players, cameras, and
handheld game consoles. As such, the force of your touch could be used
to snap a picture, make a phone call, hop onto the Internet, send an
e-mail, or listen to music.