Nothing gives a glimpse of the future quite like a trip to the United States Patent & Trademark Office. Remember the Apple thingy for ‘realistic’ wireless charging a few weeks ago? Course you do.
A more recent submission sees Apple looking forward to a future filled with curved glass. Oh, the possibilities!
Specifically, we’re looking at patent number 8,336,334, titled “Glass alignment for high temperature processes”.
The Abstract explains: “Apparatus, systems and methods for alignment of a glass member for high temperature processing are disclosed. The high temperature processing can, for example, pertain to a slumping process to mold glass into a predetermined shape (e.g., a three-dimensional shape).
“In one embodiment, a glass slumping system can have a mold and an alignment system that support a glass member to be slumped relative to the mold. The alignment system may have a plurality of alignment members being configured to move away from the glass member as the temperature increases during the slumping process to allow the glass member to bend around the mold without interference.”
In layman’s terms, that means we could see Apple bending glass for use in an array of devices, be it a mouse or a curvy new iPhone.
Of course, as with all of these new patent thingies, it’ll realistically be a while before we see the technology come to fruition. Curved iPhone 5S next year? Prob’ly not.
via: Patently Apple