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Apple files for Face and Presence Detection patent.

Discussion in 'Android News' started by cereal killer, Dec 29, 2011.

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    Now I know what your thinking and it probably looks something like "What the #*&%$*#?!!! This is already implemented in ICS!" So how can they file for this patent? Easy. Apple has been working on this since 2009 as referenced here at Patently Apple. Originally it was not intended for iOS or mobile devices but for home and enterprise security applications but who's to say they will not apply it across the board. This news seems a bit ludicrous that Apple would file for a patent on technology thats been seen in Sci-Fi flicks for years but the patent is pretty thorough.

    It is a bit premature to try and decipher Apples intentions and where they will go with this but it doesn't look so good for Google. In reality the Face Unlock is a little gimmicky and most people will not be terribly upset if the tech is done away with but it's the principle that is going to upset the legion of Android fans.

    Google has not raised an eyebrow at Apples notification bar and this may be the straw that breaks the Camels back.

    We'd like to hear your thoughts.



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    Apple is turning into nothing more than a patent troll.
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    Some of Sony's HDTVs have Presence Detection.


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    It is getting more and more ridiculous.

    Android should be safe based on "prior art". However, what these articles may be missing is Apple is perfectly within their rights to patent specific mechanics/architecture and protect their IP. If Apple's way is somehow more secure or effective, then Android will have to go a different route to improve on its approach.
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    Why Google has not patented this amazes me. Why they have not filed for the notification bar, pees me off. I am against these types of lawsuits; however, Apple has pushed it to the limit and it is time for all the phone manufacturers, google and anyone else who has a need, to sue Apple back to the stone age.
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    HAH.... this is just another reason why I will never own an Iphone
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    Android/Googles fault for not filing for the notification bar and face detection first. As much as it pains me to say it..
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    Hey i found and drawing that my grandpa did back in 1919 of a thing called a "Mobile Phone" or something can i go back and patent that and sue all phone manufacturers for stealing my families idea. All joking aside haven't we had facial recognition software for a long time now? Now just because they are putting it in a Phone they can now patent it, does not make much sence to me.
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    Well Apple applied for this patent last year, it's just now becoming public.
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    Don't start going and bringing facts into this. ;)
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    Yes, that would make this story pretty boring haha
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    Haha sorry guys. I guess that's why I'm on the news team huh?
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    What are facts. What ever it is we dont need those. Now to rally the troop :icon_ devil:. Apple is just trying to take our droids away.
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    I have no qualms with them patenting the architecture. Let's just hope this isn't used to patent a rather "obvious" idea, especially without a working prototype.
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    CRAPPLE....Nuff Said
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    Agreed. We all know the patent system is flawed. It needs a major overhaul.
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    I see you're new to the board. So I will just say here, please don't post like this. It is antagonistic and will cause problems with threads.
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    He's been a member since 2009 :D but yeah I agree, we'd like to avoid pandemonium. :happy2:
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    As many others have stated before me, THIS is why I will never own or buy an Apple product again. Its apparent that Apple is basically going for a monopoly. They want to be in control of all mobile devices. For them to think that they actually INVENTED everything about a phone/tablet, has GOT to be the DUMBEST thing I have EVER heard a company try to say. Sure, there are many things they were first in, but of these patents they throw around, very few of them are actually theirs. They just look at Android, see a feature they have, and if its not patented, file for the patent, and they try to sue Android because now APPLE has the "patent".

    Microsoft did a similar thing, but has since learned its lesson, doesnt go around suing ever company on the planet, and STILL maintains the majority of the computer OS market.

    And as mentioned earlier, I just noticed that iOS 5 now has a pulldown notification bar. Oh, gee, look what THAT looks like!....ANDROID! But there is no patent for it, from either Android or Apple, so if Apple is as bad a company as they are, they will file for the patent for the pulldown, and they make another lawsuit against Android because of it. That IS their history afterall.

    I dont usually rant/rave like this about ANYTHING, but I see where all this is going, and its going to be glorious when I see Apple get kicked in the balls for trying to dominate the mobile world like they are. Sorry guys, just my 2 cents...
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