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Apple has just been granted a patent that will be interesting to follow in the hardware community. Can you validate a patent for an illuminated computing device "housing" that was filed in July of 2009?
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Say what???
What in the world is a) Apple thinking? and b) the USPO thinking in even granting this. Modders have been lighting their rigs for years, and several manufacturers have lighted logos on their cases that in some cases illuminate in different patterns depending on what is going on.
I can't see this being upheld.
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I hope apple gets sued for everything they have. They are seriously out of their minds.
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This is getting out of control...
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post #4 of 95
Oh Apple, you so crazy
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The patent goes back all the way to the original iMac in 1998 to describe a technology that enables a light source to be coordinated with certain computing events. The hardware foundation uses a light controller that is connected to the main CPU of the computer as well as a light source. In Apple's words, we are talking about: "computing device includes a housing having an illuminable portion. The computing device also includes a light device disposed inside the housing. The light device is configured to illuminate the illuminable portion."
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post #6 of 95
anyone who has ever installed a led fan or ccrt in their case will now hand over all of their belongings to apple. muhaha
post #7 of 95
Wow...
Unreal.
post #8 of 95
They make a lot of claims; I bet some of those are either not applicable to existing lighting solutions enthusiasts use or can easily be invalidated by companies who have done it in the past.
 
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you people didn't read the article.

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Apple expands on this idea a bit further and notes that "the light source [is] configured to illuminate the reduced thickness portion in order to form an indicator image at an outer surface of the inner bezel" and that the "shape of the recess [produces] an indicator image of similar shape on the outer surface of the inner bezel."

Apple's idea comes down to the thought that the illumination of a computer housing can serve as an additional information source next to the display screen itself. For example, it would provide a different illumination when playing a DVD than when you are playing a video game. While it would be common to assume that Apple would be discussing different color ranges, the patent focuses on intensity and the brightness of the Illumination, which is controller via a light driver: "The light driver is configured to convert the light control signals into a stable continuous current for driving the light emitting diode. The magnitude of the current is based at least in part on the light control signal. The magnitude of the current affects the light intensity of the light emitting diode."
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