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Old April 26th, 2006, 04:32 PM   #1
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Apple's all-seeing screen
We could soon see a new kind of display screen from computer maker Apple one that simultaneously takes pictures while showing images.

The clever idea is to insert thousands of microscopic image sensors in-between the liquid crystal display cells in the screen. Each sensor captures its own small image, but software stitches these together to create a single, larger picture.

A large LCD screen filled with image sensors would be ideal for videoconferencing, Apple suggests, as participants would always appear to look straight into the "camera". The technique could also add a camera function to a cellphone or PDA without wasting space, and light from the screen should help illuminate a subject.

The more sensors there are, the wider and clearer the image. Sketches accompanying the company's patent show as many sensors as liquid crystal cells in a screen. If some of the sensors have different focal lengths, switching between them would make the screen behave like a zoom lens.

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Old April 26th, 2006, 04:42 PM   #2
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The paranoids are going to go crazy (pardon the pun) over this one.
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Old April 26th, 2006, 04:45 PM   #3
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That sounds great! Thanks for posting that.
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Old April 27th, 2006, 12:53 AM   #4
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I'm sure it's going to be cheap, too.
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Old April 27th, 2006, 06:38 AM   #5
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Some claims might be further off than suggested!

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