According to a patent entitled "Cloth covered by an electronic device with a touch sensor" Apple would develop and test a HomePod that would be touch controls overseas. Apart from expanding the currently built screen, volume indicators and Siri index, this new patent may allow it to be completely removed.
The best type of interaction with our HomePod through Siri. However, for basic functions like volume up or down, pause or play content or use a wizard, we can also use the key keys.
From the touch fabric to the area under the fabric
According to this new patent it is possible to register the touch on any fabric-covered tool. The patent specifies that the use of this technology may apply to it multiple devices, from computers to "wristwatch devices" or even "pendant or glassware."
Apple explains that many audio devices can have a layer between their components, analyzing how openings in it can allow a good sound quality at the same time a good finish. Then, we dive into the topic at hand, finding the following definitions:
It can be difficult to improve the performance of the speaker. For example, it can be difficult to combine input and output equipment into a speaker and fabric layer. If care is not taken, the user may find it uninterrupted to provide information and receive a speaker response.
In this sense, a soft spot in the entire environment of the speaker can be ideal, especially if we place it on high shelves. By using rotting fibers in the tissues or by placing a small touch substrate just below the surface, reproductive controls can be placed over the entire surface. Even you are open to the use of certain gestures such as rejecting a call or activating a random one.
Apple goes on to say that a cloth with a different color or touch could be used in touch surfaces, even with a control mechanism. They are also considering the installation of the part light emitter reaction a different touch.
In addition to enhancing the ability to use the HomePod this patent would allow Apple to remove the same screen for a stronger body. It looks like, for example, a HomePod mini, doesn't it?
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