"Electronic devices may have housings. A housing may contain a display on its front face and a rear plate such as a plate formed from glass on its rear face. A peripheral housing member may surround the display and rear plate. An antenna may be formed in the peripheral housing member. The rear plate may be formed from laminated layers including a light guide layer. Device hinges may include hinge structures that are integral to the peripheral housing member. A logo may be formed by coating the rear plate with a patterned masking layer. Display structures for the display and the rear plate may be mounted to opposing sides of a shelf portion of the peripheral housing member. The rear plate may be formed from electrochromic glass and may cover photovoltaic cells and touch sensors. Driver boards may be mounted within a clutch barrel perpendicular to the display."
In case you don't know, "photovoltaic cells" are solar cells - which means it's entirely possible that Apple is thinking about creating a solar powered Macbook. Which would be amazing!
But what stood out to me is the part about "touch sensors," because I've been saying for a good while now that I really believe Apple has let Windows win the touchscreen wars, even though Apple pioneered the touch screens we use now, with their first iPhone. When I use my Windows laptop (currently playing with a Lenovo Yoga laptop), I find myself quickly falling in love with the touch screen interface - and it actually increases my productivity, as well.
I sincerely hope this patent leads to a product! What about you? Would you be as thrilled as I would with a solar powered touch-screen Macbook?
-Photo Credit: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
-By Cecily KelloggMORE ON BABBLE
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