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Apple filings reveal potential iPhone object ID, more

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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Thursday, July 9, 2009
News Categories: iPhone

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A new group of Apple patent filings published this week suggest the iPhone-maker is working on adding object identification capabilities to the device, among other features. As described by the patent filing, this “ID App” would allow users to identify objects, structures and other features of their surroundings by using information received by the camera, an RFID reader, or an Infrared camera. This information could be combined with current location data in order to more accurately pinpoint the appropriate database for the identification search. Another filing describes a method for recording and saving outgoing voicemails and tying them to the recipient’s contact information for later playback and reference, while yet another describes a system by which a consumer could pre-select the media to be loaded onto his or her device before purchasing, so that it could be downloaded immediately to the device and be available within minutes after opening.

Two more filings focus on improvements to messaging, the first of which describes a system of parental controls which would filter out objectionable text content in messages based on the user’s age or grade level, and could also alert the parents or other administrators to the presence of such text. The second outlines a messaging application that could determine whether a message was successfully sent from the device to one or more recipients, and allow the user to re-send the message without the need to retype it should the initial delivery attempt fail. Finally, a new filing suggests the company is working on a method for displaying song lyrics or other text-based content on a partially transparent, scrollable “sheet,” which is overlaid on the standard touchscreen iPod controls. As with all Apple patent filings, these do not necessarily represent any future product releases from Apple, but offer evidence of the company’s research in this area. [via AppleInsider]

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“Finally, a new filing suggests the company is working on a method for displaying song lyrics or other text-based content on a partially transparent, scrollable “sheet,” which is overlaid on the standard touchscreen iPod controls.”

Unless this means that the lyrics will scroll in an automated fashion (like in karaoke), then this is an old feature. I have a several songs where lyrics were pasted, and they appear on the screen.

Posted by Tommy on July 9, 2009 at 9:52 AM (PDT)

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“... a consumer could pre-select the media to be loaded onto his or her device before purchasing, so that it could be downloaded immediately to the device and be available within minutes after opening.”  Wow, have we really become so obsessed with speed that we need to pre-order our first iTunes download?

Posted by rockmyplimsoul on July 9, 2009 at 10:05 AM (PDT)

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How about adding document sync to iTunes so I can upload my docs easily? How about a bloody today screen like on Windows? I could care less about the silly nonsense that Apple is patenting. Should I care if my iPhone recognizes that I need to change a light bulb? Do I care about getting song lyrics on my phone - perhaps Mick Jagger might find that important as his memory goes bad during concerts due to age. But for the rest of us, do the basics right, for heaven’s sake.

Posted by Big Deal on July 9, 2009 at 11:00 AM (PDT)

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