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Apple's all-seeing screen; it is mirror-like

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This would be a high resolution camera integrated into your Mac display. Imagine, girls doing the makeup and guys shaving in front of this thing. Just don't the magnification on too high, the image could turn ugly in a hurry :D



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.


Read the full patent, here.

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I wish there were some screenshots of this concept. Still, it seems like a pointless waste of electricity when a mirror does a perfect job of reflecting an image. It's like reinventing the wheel.


Maybe it's handy on-the-go for PDAs, but I see no use in homes where mirrors are readily available.

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