Apple patents Airplay mirroring for touchscreens, putting Siri in context

By , Oct 18, 2012

Apple’s patent attorneys are busy again. The Cupertino, California company has filed two patent applications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, related to extending AirPlay mirroring to iPads and iPhones, as well as describing how Siri scans through databases to match searches.

In the first application, entitled “Gesture Visualization and Sharing Between Electronic Devices and Remote Displays,” Apple talks of protecting technology allowing a touch screen device to share its screen with a second, larger display. Because the patent application mentions a touch interface, reports suggest the patent is limited to the iPhone and iPad

Apple presents the problem facing smaller displays this way (via PatentlyApple):

Size and resource limitations may prevent users of portable electronic devices from effectively sharing media on the portable electronic devices. For example, the display screen on a tablet computer may be too small to be used in a presentation to a large group of people.

Instead, the user of the tablet computer may conduct the presentation by driving a large remote display using a screen sharing application on the tablet computer,” reads the application first uncovered by Patently Apple.

While it’s been popular in corporate suites to share iPad or iPhone data on large HDTV displays, the process has always required an Apple TV unit. This patent seems to suggest Apple envisions doing away with that step, turning the iPhone and iPad into a self-contained projection device.

In another patent application, this one entitled “Using Context Information to Facilitate Processing of Commands in a Virtual Assistant,” Apple describes ways the voice-activate Siri search assistant can pick up on contextual clues.

For instance, “if input from the user includes a pronoun (such as ‘her’ in the command ‘call her’) the virtual assistant can use context to infer” the identity of the person you mean to call, according to Apple.

What makes these two patent applications is that they differ from the usual speculative technology companies hope to protect. Instead, these latest applications shed more light on existing Apple products, providing users more insight into their favorite iPad and iPhone tools.

Just don’t take these for granted as most of Apple’s patents never see the light of day.

So, what did you think of these filings?

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  • Tr1pTr0p

    “Apple talks of protecting technology allowing a touch screen device to share its screen with a second, larger display”
    “Apple describes ways the voice-activate Siri search assistant can pick up on contextual clues”
    When the fuck will they stop patenting already existing technologies?

    • Yujin

      how the hell do you know if apple didnt invented it…airplay has been around for a considerable time and while samsung has something is obious they got inspiration from apple..not saying they copied it but, they have been found guilty of doing so…plus the whole tech market has for years follow what apple does…so not big surprises…
      by the way…this website is not for fartdroids so kindly get the F out…

      • Alexander Sir-Cheezitz Gardner

        Apple did not invent this. Motorola phones were doing that long before air play existed.

      • Papapau

        And more people unliked your post for no reason or counter argument.. blind sheeps.. hopeless..

      • Alexander Sir-Cheezitz Gardner

        I know, right? They’re so blind the truth is foreign to them.

      • Tr1pTr0p

        Comments like yours are what makes me lose hope in humanity. Who THE FUCK EVER mentioned Samsung here, you obsessed, delusional, ignorant fanboy???
        As long as I’m an Apple user, I’m staying. Bitch.

      • El Barto

        Damn. Worst thing than a droidFart is a DroidFAG. Just f the hell out as requested.

      • Tr1pTr0p

        Keep dreaming.

  • wonderboydave

    cool. good way to your products apple. =D