Apple Details iOS User Interface That Compensates for Device Motion

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple has received a patent -- originally filed for in 2007, when the original iPhone was only months old -- that allows an iOS device to adjust its screen to make it easier for users to interact with the touchscreen when it detects movement (via AppleInsider).

    For example, play and next/previous track buttons on the lock screen, or listings in the Contacts app, could get larger if the iPhone detects that the user is jogging. It could also have items like app buttons on the home screen move themselves slightly to give the illusion of stability.

    Apple proposes using the gyroscope, proximity sensor, accelerometer and other sensors to detect movement and the angle of the display, with the iPhone then adjusting user interface elements to prevent touch errors. It also learns about how the user touches the display, allowing it to better correct for errors in the future.

    The patent was originally filed for back in 2007 and Apple has not yet implemented the design into iOS. Apple frequently files for patents on inventions that it never uses commercially, but something similar could appear in iOS in the future.

    Article Link: Apple Details iOS User Interface That Compensates for Device Motion
  2. macrumors member

    Jan 27, 2013
    Looks kinda like iOS 7 - now that's foresight :p
  3. macrumors member

    Jun 19, 2013
  4. macrumors 6502

    Jul 28, 2012
    Who knows if we'll ever see this, but it's a brilliant idea really.
  5. macrumors 65816


    Feb 25, 2009
    Om nom nom nom
    They have another chip now in the 5s besides the A7... wonder when they use that '07 patent?

    Maybe that new M7 motion-processor does something after all... hmmm.
  6. macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2009
    Montreal, Canada
    That shows how latency alone can ruin the whole concept.

    Probably why Apple is waiting for iOS devices to be more powerful before implementing a feature that's so broken.
  7. macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2012
    Gosh, reading about it made my head explode. Hats off to Apple engineers for trying to implement this.
  8. macrumors 6502

    Apr 18, 2010
    They've already started playing around with this with parallax effects. Small steps.
  9. macrumors newbie

    Jan 14, 2014
    I hope it can tell when you're not sober. That would be so helpful.
  10. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 18, 2004
    The patent does not sound like what Marco was doing.

    The patent sounds like a much more straightforward-to-implement idea where you make the device easier via interface changes rather than 'stabilization'. An exaggerated example would be if the music app simply changed to 4 giant buttons because tapping small buttons is hard while jogging.
  11. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 13, 2002
    Cold Spring Harbor, NY
    There has been something like this on the keyboard since the beginning, though it isn't visual.

    As you type, the system can often make a decent guess as to the next key you will hit or not hit. For example, in the word "quick" after typing Q, it is more likely you will type "U" and less likely you will type the adjacent letters "Y" or "I". So the system widens the hit rectangle for "U" and narrows it for "Y" and "I". You can still type those letters, but not as easily as "U".

    This is similar, though visual, and it also takes motion and vibration into account.
  12. macrumors 65816


    Dec 29, 2007
    Cool idea, love seeing ideas like this.

    M7 seems to be a prime use along with this feature.
  13. macrumors regular

    Feb 1, 2008
    Cool I can use that while i'm driving to text message.
  14. macrumors 65816

    Oct 5, 2011
    San Francisco, California
    Interesting to me that this was filed in 2007, well before the gyroscope was put into an iPhone, yet included in the patent. The plans to were set, generations away! But that shouldn't be surprising.

    EDIT: I guess I was thinking of the iPhone 4 gyroscope that included more axis (3 axis).
  15. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 18, 2012
    Good observation for sure. I always find it funny how many pundits obsess about how Apple 'needs to' come out with a quick, knee jerk response to whatever the story of the day is- netbooks, smart watches, phablets, whatever. The fact is that designing quality devices takes several years and requires vision and commitment. Coming up with some garbage to fill your blog in the meantime, well, that's a little easier.
  16. macrumors 6502

    Feb 9, 2012
    I wonder how many intended uses have been made null and void with SIRI making it even easier , e.g. push the button on the headphones and say "skip track", "Play", etc.
  17. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 14, 2011
    I saw a fun bumper sticker yesterday:

    Honk if you love Jesus.
    Text if you want to meet him.
  18. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 18, 2007
    New Mexico
    It does? (Or were you joking?) There's a square around the + sign to indicate that it is a button, there are lines between the items in the list and the five "buttons" across the bottom are clearly delineated. There's nothing floating aimlessly in space. On top of that didn't the 7.1 beta just reduce the size of some buttons -- probably because they didn't look good -- making them harder to hit on the go? This patent is the way it should be, and not the way it is now.
  19. macrumors regular

    Jul 8, 2008
    I wonder if it will automatically make the screen size bigger? Because man, that's a small screen. I can't even type on it anymore after I upgraded to a Windowsphone.
  20. macrumors member

    Apr 8, 2013
    Is that so.....?

    Looks like they're using some of the abilities:

  21. macrumors 65816

    Jun 18, 2010
    I would love to see the touch error correction implemented. Even on the larger iPad Mini it can sometimes be difficult to make selections in Dash Command - particularly when off road in the Jeep.
  22. macrumors 68030


    Sep 3, 2010
    yes, because nobody at apple can do things better than a guy famous for a black-and-white offline-reader app.
  23. macrumors 65816

    Glassed Silver

    Mar 10, 2007
    Kassel, Germany
    Absolutely needed, bring it on, please! :)

    Glassed Silver:mac
  24. macrumors 604

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    So, buttons have a life of there own ?

    or icons ? There not fixed size ? How would this work when you must have fixed icons on a screen or buttons ?

    Neat idea
  25. macrumors member

    Apr 8, 2013
    to the contrary....

    The article that I linked to explains that it already IS implemented. However, bouncing around while off-loading in your Jeep is not exactly the same as holding it in your hand and attempting to compensate for movements, etc. It is probably difficult for you BECAUSE it is compensating for the unnatural movements that occur while off-roading. In your case, you would want it switched OFF.

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