Apple Gets A Patent For 5D Technology

Posted Jul 25, 2012

Apple has received a patent for 5D technology.  This technology would make computers work without the need of a mouse, keyboard, or motion controller.  Apple bought the patent from Canadian inventory Timothy Pryor.

The patent covers “electro-optical determination of temporary surface distortion caused by the physical input signal” according to Patently Apple.  5D is the force-vector direction and magnitude of force that is added to touch.

The technology does not need a special touchscreen to work.  The patent includes tactile feedback, 3D sensing capability, and the ability to detect complex figures.  The patent focuses on TV-related applications and includes optional stereoscopic 3D glasses.  You can read more about patent #8,228,305 B2 here.