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Facebook’s Smartphone Patents Revealed

13
May
2014

Patent Bolt has come across some interesting Facebook patent applications from 2011 that seem indicate they may be (or were) working on their own smartphone. The hardware offers a interesting track pad interface, but overall, the mobile device is not completely outside the realm of smart phones on the market today. The breakdown below: This touchpad, running along the side of the device, seems to allow control of the device: \A user taps or strikes lightly on touchpad, and a gesture recognition library can interpret the users touch input and identify the touch input corresponding to a tap event.\  Based on the above flowchart, it looks like the touchpad would be used to control all aspects of the phone, such as the camera.

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