All Seeing Screen
I read in a Slashdot article yesterday that Apple has patented the concept of a display that is capable of taking pictures as well as displaying them.
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.
I think that sounds like a pretty neat idea, but the only applications of its use I have heard is for teleconferencing and to save space in cellphones / PDAs. Sure seems like a lot of trouble just to avoid a tiny little camera at the top of your screen.
How else might this technology be used?
- To spy on employees
- Those screens embedded in the floor at Red Robin are, uh, dangerously placed
- To sell at an insane markup and make mad profitz
- To allow Apple to record everything you ever do and sell it back to you for $1.99