Future iMac’s may be able to extend the desktop to nearby walls

Apple ctinues to explore the opportunities for expansi or enhancement of the iMac, this time, by a work the built-in technology to extend the user’s screen by projecting displays to nearby surfaces, such as walls.

Mock-up using Apple iMac photography to show how a possible future machine could use a wall of space around it.
Mock-up using Apple iMac photography to show how a possible future machine could use a wall of space around it.

Following his earlier patent by providing an iMac, made of a single sheet of glass, Apple is now exploring Mac can use any space of wall behind them for a draft of the extended display.

“The housing Structures and Input-Output Devices For Electric Devices,” US Patent No. 20200081492argues that, currently, a device chassis “can be formed from materials which are unsightly or which obstruct the operati of input-output devices.”

Apple’s proposed soluti for “unsightly”, is to use the surfaces around the computer, such as a wall behind it. “In some agreements,” said the patent, “the electric device may be provided with projecti displays that help to improve the area used for providing a user with visual output.”

While the patent drawings show a regular iMac project information behind it, the descriptis also speak of reducing how much such a device would get in the way of his own projecti.

“The rear wall of the housing may have a porti of glass or other transparent structure through which the projectors project images nearby surfaces, and through which the image sensors and other optical sensors to receive the light,” ctinues the patent.

That could just mean that the back of the iMac is made of glass, but Apple suggests that the goal is actually to make the Mac invisible. The parties of the projected image that are blocked by the Mac could be displayed the Mac screen instead.

Detail of the patent to show how an iMac could be projected  the walls or  the side of the machine.
Detail of the patent to show how an iMac could be projected the walls or the side of the machine.

“Although the size of the portis… can’t be seen directly, a camera the rear of the device or other image sensor circuitry may capture an image that ctains portis… and this image can be displayed in real time the screen, in the alignment of the locati of the obstructi of the parties,” he said.

This patent relates to the projecti is attributed to Paul X. Wang, and Joshua P. Sg, two of them are also the list of inventors a patent applicati describing an iMac made from a single sheet of glass.

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