Apple Wins Patent for Ultrasonic Wave Technology that accepts Touch Commands Under Water

 

Today Apple was granted a patent titled “Ultrasonic touch detection through display” Apple’s granted patent relates to system architectures, apparatus and methods for acoustic touch detection and exemplary applications of the system architectures, apparatus and methods. The technology will allow touch commands on an iDevice under water and more. 

 

 Apple notes in their patent filing that the position of an object touching a surface can be determined using time of flight (TOF) bounding box techniques, acoustic image reconstruction techniques, acoustic tomography techniques, attenuation of reflections from an array of barriers, or a two-dimensional piezoelectric receiving array, for example.

 

Acoustic touch sensing can utilize transducers, such as piezoelectric transducers, to transmit ultrasonic waves along a surface and/or through the thickness of an electronic device to the surface.

 

As the ultrasonic wave propagates, one or more objects (e.g., fingers, styli – Apple Pencil) in contact with the surface can interact with the

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The science behind our sense of touch

European researchers have developed a new universal scaling law for the sense of touch, and it’s paving the way for an expansion of virtual reality technology.

“Touch is a primordial sense, as important to our ancient ancestors as it is to modern-day mammals, but it’s also one of the most complex and therefore least understood,” says lead researcher Tom Montenegro-Johnson from the University of Birmingham, UK.

“While we have universal laws to explain sight and hearing, for example, this is the first time that we’ve been able to explain touch in this way.” 

When a person slides a finger across a surface, vibrations travel through their skin and excite nerve endings. These convert the mechanical vibrations to electrical signals and transmit them to the brain, where they are interpreted as a tactile experience. This signal allows humans to differentiate between textures, detect contact, and manipulate objects.

“However, the properties of

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‘Universal law of touch’ will enable new advances in virtual reality

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Seismic waves, commonly associated with earthquakes, have been used by scientists to develop a universal scaling law for the sense of touch. A team, led by researchers at the University of Birmingham, used Rayleigh waves to create the first scaling law for touch sensitivity. The results are published in Science Advances.


The researchers are part of a European consortium (H-Reality) that are already using the theory to develop new Virtual Reality technologies that incorporate the sense of touch.

Rayleigh waves are created by impact between objects and are commonly thought to travel only along surfaces. The team discovered that, when it comes to touch, the waves also travel through layers of skin and bone and are picked up by the body’s touch receptor cells.

Using mathematical modelling of these touch receptors the researchers showed how the receptors were located at depths that allowed them to

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Will iPhone 12 have Touch ID so we can unlock our phones with masks on? Probably not

Apple’s new iPad Air integrates Touch ID into a button on the side of the iPad.


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This story is part of Apple Event, our full coverage of the latest news from Apple headquarters.

One of the best new Apple features introduced during our unusual times may not appear in the iPhone 12. It may not arrive on any iPhone until next year — if at all. Apple’s new iPad Air, unveiled in mid-September and hitting the market later this month, relocates Touch ID to a button on the edge of the device. The company’s upcoming iPhone 12 lineup should do something similar, giving users an option between unlocking their iPhone using their face or unlocking it with their fingerprint as the world combats the coronavirus pandemic

Apple’s updated $599 (£579, AU$899) iPad Air integrates Touch ID into the power button on top of the tablet.

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iPhone 12 should have Touch ID like the iPad Air — but it probably won’t

Apple’s new iPad Air integrates Touch ID into a button on the side of the iPad.


Apple

This story is part of Apple Event, our full coverage of the latest news from Apple headquarters.

One of the best new Apple features introduced during our unusual times may not appear in the iPhone 12. It may not arrive on any iPhone until next year — if at all. Apple’s new iPad Air, unveiled in mid-September and hitting the market later this month, relocates Touch ID to a button on the edge of the device. The company’s upcoming iPhone 12 lineup should do something similar, giving users an option between unlocking their iPhone using their face or unlocking it with their fingerprint as the world combats the coronavirus pandemic

Apple’s updated $599 (£579, AU$899) iPad Air integrates Touch ID into the power button on top of the tablet.

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iPad Air: How Apple’s new Touch ID fingerprint sensor will work

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The new iPad Air comes in four new colors. 


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In September, Apple announced a completely redesigned iPad Air. The new look borrows the same overall design as the iPad Pro, with flat edges, no home button and a USB-C port. But one thing it doesn’t carry over is Apple’s facial recognition tech, Face ID. Instead, you’ll use a fingerprint to unlock the tablet, approve purchases and sign into apps. 

For the first time on a mobile device, we’re seeing Apple’s new Touch ID sensor hidden under the power button. Or, as Apple calls it, the “top button.” When holding the iPad Air vertically, you’ll find the button on the top-right edge, near the corner. When it’s connected to an accessory like Apple’s Magic keyboard, it’ll be on the left-hand side, near the top. 

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Jamf Connect 2.0 includes Mac user authentication via iPhone Face ID, Touch ID

Mobile device management outfit Jamf has revealed it will be rolling out an updated version of Jamf Connect 2.0 that will overhaul the identity management tool, including the addition of using Touch ID and Face ID on an iPhone for user authentication on Macs.

Revealed during the virtual Jamf Nation User Conference on Tuesday, Jamf Connect 2.0 is a major update of the company’s account and identity management tools for large networks. The system, which enables for a user account to be provisioned to a device and authenticated throughout a corporate network, has been given some upgrades that take advantage of cloud computing and alternative authentication systems, including elements users are already familiar with using.

Version 2.0 will use a single cloud-based set of identity credentials for users, which will be used throughout the network’s hardware. In theory it will help produce a more seamless authentication experience for

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NASA Prepares to Touch Asteroid 207 Million Miles Away

NASA is preparing to pull off a daring heist: Next month the robotic spacecraft OSIRIS-REx will touch down on the surface of asteroid Bennu and collect a sample, aiming to precisely touch this tiny asteroid just 260 meters wide and which is currently around 207 million miles away from Earth.

The aim of the mission is to collect at least 60 grams of asteroid rock in an event called Touch-And-Go (TAG) and return it to Earth for study, which would be the first time NASA has collected an asteroid sample. Analyzing the composition of primitive asteroids like Bennu could give clues to how the solar system developed and even about the origin of life on Earth.

This artist’s concept shows NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft descending towards asteroid Bennu to collect a sample of the asteroid’s surface.
This artist’s concept shows NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft descending towards asteroid Bennu to collect a sample of the asteroid’s surface. NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

But it’s no easy task to scoop up a sample from an

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US probe to touch down on asteroid Bennu on October 20

The asteroid Bennu, as photographed by OSIRIS-REx, on December 2, 2018
The asteroid Bennu, as photographed by OSIRIS-REx, on December 2, 2018

After a four-year journey, NASA’s robotic spacecraft OSIRIS-REx will descend to asteroid Bennu’s boulder-strewn surface on October 20, touching down for a few seconds to collect rock and dust samples, the agency said Thursday.

Scientists hope the mission will help deepen our understanding of how planets formed and life began and provide insight on asteroids that could impact Earth.

“Years of planning and hard work by this team are essentially coming down to putting the TAGSAM (Touch-And-Go Sample Acquisition Mechanism) into contact with the surface for just five to 10 seconds,” said Mike Moreau, OSIRIS-REx deputy project manager.

NASA has chosen a site called Nightingale, a rocky area 52 feet (16 meters) in diameter, for the spacecraft’s robotic arm to attempt to collect a sample, because it holds the greatest amount of unobstructed fine-grained material.

The spacecraft, about the

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COVID-19 Outbreak- Global Smartphone Touch Screen Market 2020 Key Players, Industry Overview, Supply Chain and Analysis to 2025

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Sep 22, 2020 (The Expresswire) —
The global “Smartphone Touch Screen Market” report can help to understand the market and strategize for business expansion accordingly. in the strategy analysis, it gives insights from marketing channel and market positioning to potential growth strategies, providing in-depth analysis for new entrants or exists competitors in the Smartphone Touch Screen industry. Smartphone Touch Screen market for 2020 and to project the expected demand of the same by 2025. this market research study provides a detailed qualitative and quantitative analysis of the global Smartphone Touch Screen market. it provides a comprehensive review of major drivers and restraints of the market.

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