Apple's latest patents cover heart rate monitors and hover touch displays

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Apple was given two patents on December 24 for brand-new tech that can be incorporated in future iPhones and various other iOS gadgets.

One patent covers a heart rate display that might be integrated directly into portable devices.

The various other is for a touch panel display that can spot floating fingers and improve accuracy by instantly making up for ‘signal drift.’

Both patents were filed in 2010 and approved on the day before Christmas.

Improving hover interactions

Some non-Apple smartphones, like the Samsung Galaxy S4, currently consist of hover controls called Air View, permitting users to communicate with the device’s display without actually touching it however by hovering a finger close by.

But Apple’s hover-related patent notes that integrating both hover and touch communications in a single gadget is hard, as the display can get confused.

The patent focuses on a range of ways to enhance a device’s accuracy at discovering inputs when both touch and hover communications are offered.

It also focuses on enhancing accuracy when signal drift, i.e. ecological aspects confusing a device’s sensing units, are present.

The patent proposes, among other options, recalibrating the sensors periodically so that environmental aspects are considered when the gadget identifies whether it’s getting touch- or hover-based inputs.

Groove is in the heart

The other patent in concern today worries a ‘seamlessly embedded heart rate monitor’ for iOS gadgets.

The heart rate screen reads a user’s EKG information for authentication or state of mind determination functions. The display’s sensors can be embedded in a variety of locations in a mobile device.

As always with these patents it’s unclear whether Apple will ultimately utilize any of the functions or solutions they describe.

But as it finished with the fingerprint sensor in the iPhone 5S, it appears Apple might be experimenting with even more new smartphone features in 2014.