Apple Patent Reveals another Glass iMac Concept that works uniquely with Multiple Projectors & Wireless Power
Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that relates to yet another future iMac concept from the same engineer that introduced us to the all-glass iMac that we reported on back on January 23rd titled "Apple invents an AIO Desktop Computer made from Glass that incorporates the Keyboard, Dual Trackpads & more." One of the images from that Apple patent is presented below.
Apple's latest iMac invention published today covers an iMac that may have input-output devices such as sensors, displays, wireless circuitry, and other electronic components mounted within a housing.
The housing may have opposing front and rear walls. The housing may include transparent materials such as glass or clear polymer and may, if desired, include polymer with embedded fibers (e.g., fiberglass).
In some configurations, the front and rear walls may be formed from glass, transparent polymer, or other transparent materials. A display may be viewed through the front wall. Optical devices and other components may operate through the rear wall or other portions of the housing.
The future iMac's stand that is overlapped by the front wall may be viewed by a user. Projectors on the rear wall or other portions of the electronic device may project images onto nearby surfaces.
Control circuitry may display images on the display and may use projectors to display images onto nearby surfaces using captured images, gaze detection information, and other information from input-output devices.
Sensors such as gaze detection sensors, three-dimensional image sensors, cameras, and other components may operate through housing walls.
The electronic device may include wireless circuitry. The wireless circuitry may be located in the housing or the stand for the housing and may be used in transmitting or receiving wireless power and/or wireless communications signals. The stand may include a glass layer, clear polymer layer, other transparent material and/or other material. A display, wireless circuitry, or other components may operate through the transparent material and/or other materials of the stand.
Apple's patent FIG. 8 below is a rear perspective view of an iMac concept device; FIG. 9 is a cross-sectional side view of an illustrative portion a possible future iMac housing structure and an associated optical component.
In Apple's patent FIG. 11 below we're able to see a perspective view of a possible future iMac in a system environment in which projectors are being used to project images onto surfaces in the vicinity of the iMac.
As shown in FIG. 11, a first projector located in a left rear portion of housing #20 may project image #64 in direction #62 onto a wall or other surface to the left of the iMac, whereas a second projector located in a right rear portion of housing may project image #68 in direction #66 onto a wall or other surface to the right of the iMac.
If desired, accessory projectors that are linked to the iMac by wired and/or wireless connections may be used to project images onto nearby surfaces. For example, accessory projectors #70 may project image #64 in direction #72 and/or accessory projector #74 may project image #68 in direction #76.
The Images #64 and #68 may be associated with an image being presented on the iMac's display #14. For example, the images may be extended portions of an image being displayed on the iMac's display.
If desired, additional images may be projected by projectors in the iMac. For example, image #82 may be projected in direction #84 from a projector in region #80 of the iMac.
Image #82, for example, may be projected onto a tabletop or other support surface on which the iMac's stand #24 and the iMac are resting and/or may be projected onto other surfaces under, to the side of, behind, and/or in front of the iMac.
Apple's patent FIG. 10 below is a cross-sectional side view of an illustrative electronic device with electrically adjustable shutters and dual internal projectors.
Apple's patent application 20200081492 that was published today by the U.S. Patent Office was filed back in Q2 2019. Considering that this is a patent application, the timing of such a product to market is unknown at this time.