Apple has secured a new patent which reveals technology that would see tiny projectors integrated directly into iOS devices such as iPads and iPhones.
Earlier this week, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, granted the technology giant a patent called "Projected display shared workspaces," which outlines a concept which would allow users to control their presentations with gestures.
The technology would make use of the device’s in-built camera to detect shadows and silhouettes created through making gestures at the projected areas. The projector technology would also be able to work amongst multiple displays from multiple devices, CNet reported. Users would be able to share and exchange images between one projected display and another.
The Apple patent’s description of the technology is as follows: “In one embodiment, electronic devices each may include a projector that produces a projected display and a camera that detects gestures made with respect to the projected displays. The electronic devices may interpret gestures on the projected displays to identify image sharing commands for sharing images between the projected displays.
“The electronic devices may be connected through a communication link that allows the electronic devices to share image data for producing images on any of the projected displays included within the shared workspace,” the patent says.