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Originally posted by Myendica
reply to post by ThatGuy45
I cant find the link the member had posted years ago.. and so I cant really say much more, just that your screen has x amount of pixels displaying light, and y amount of pixels that dont emit light, yet receive it.. if I recall, the person had posted a patent for it.
April 26th 2006
Oh Barry Fox, does a week ever go by when you don't find a great patent or two? Today the intrepid Mr. Fox manages to dig up an application by consumer-darling Apple for an LCD display embedded with thousands of microscopic image sensors that would allow users to video-conference while looking straight into the "camera." Data accumulated by the individual sensors would be stitched into actual images using special software, which will probably be bundled into future versions of iLife. Since the patent specifies almost as many sensors per screen as there are pixels, some of those sensors could have different focal lengths, with a defacto zoom lens created by switching between them. Apple goes on to suggest portable uses for the technology, such as employing the displays in cellphones and PDAs, so you can add another item to the list of features we'll be expecting from the iPhone and Newton 2.0 when they finally hit stores.
26 April 2006
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.
Integrated sensing display
An integrated sensing display is disclosed. The sensing display includes display elements integrated with image sensing elements. As a result, the integrated sensing device can not only output images (e.g., as a display) but also input images (e.g., as a camera).
10. The device of claim 1, wherein the image elements are dispersed within the display area in such a way that they prevent some pixels of information from being displayed.
11. The device of claim 1, wherein the device is used in a portable communication device.
12. The device of claim 11, wherein the portable communication device is a telephone.
13. The device of claim 11, wherein the portable communication device is personal digital assistant.
14. The device of claim 1, wherein the device is used in a computer monitor or a television.
15. A device comprising: an illumination area that includes at least one light source that emits light; and an array of image elements dispersed throughout the illumination area, each image element being capable of capturing visual information from a source in front of the illumination area; wherein the image elements are dispersed such that space in-between at least some image elements is able to emit light from the at least one light source of the illumination area.
16. The device of claim 15, wherein the device is a medical device.
17. A device comprising: a display area; an array of display elements located within the display area, each display element capable of displaying a pixel of information, either alone or in combination with other display elements; and an array of image elements located within the display area, each image element being capable of capturing visual information from a source in front of the display area.
18. The device of claim 17, wherein the image elements are located in a housing that isolates the image elements from the display elements.
19. The device of claim 18, wherein each image element is in its own housing.
20. The device of claim 18, wherein a row of image elements share a housing.