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Google Patents Laptop Hinge That Automatically Aligns With The User's Face

Google Patents Laptop Hinge That Automatically Aligns With The User's Face”

The company has recently patented a motorized Pixelbook Lid which is created to open and close with a simple touch.

Here's how this futuristic self-adjusting Pixelbook will work: The user will tap the touchpad with a certain level of pressure or duration of time (which should be customisable), which would make the hinge motor open the lid. The lid will also be capable of keeping track of a user's face so that it can stay aligned to that face. The patent, which was filed in the last quarter of 2013 and was reported by Patently Mobile, shows how the laptop uses a bunch of sensors to control the movement of the lid.

The tech behind it is actually pretty simple, there is a touch-sensitive section on the laptop's lid and tapping on it will activate ambient light sensors and other cameras and lift the lid up.

The application also describes processes that might be used to recognise users, including facial, fingerprint and voice recognition, as well as unlocking via an authorised device like a smartwatch or the future equivalent of the Pixel buds.

Once open, the patent describes a process wherein the front camera on the device lid will track a user's face and position the lid at the flawless angle.

Interestingly, the lid might even understand that it is facing at a user's torso and then open further to capture the face.

Besides this, the lid will also be able to understand the absence of a user. However, if the sensors do not detect a face for x number of seconds, it would automatically close and lock itself. It will additionally be capable of understanding when a user is walking with the device.

While the patent is really intriguing, we are not sure if it will finally turn into reality.



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