Apple Files Transparent Texting Patent To Help People Who Walk And Text


Sometimes it’s the little things that matter. Like being able to carry on texting without walking into a tree. Apple apparently thinks so anyway.

A patent that Cupertino filed back in September 2012 has just surfaced with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (via AppleInsider) that shows the company thinking up ways to help people keep walking and texting without bumping into stuff.

The transparent texting system replaces the background of a mobile device’s text messaging app with a continuous real-time video feed, using the device’s rear camera, so the user can both see what’s being said, and where they’re going. Who says Apple can’t do disruption anymore?

The patent describes how the transparency feature could be activated by the user pressing a transparency button within a texting session that switches on the video feed. The feature would then ensure text bubbles appear overlaid over the live background video. The text bubbles themselves could be opaque or semi-transparent, the patent notes.

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