Recently, a new Apple patent focused on gesture controls on its AirPods earphones was discovered. Instead of the current capacitive sensors, the American company wants to transition to ultrasonic sensors.
The document in question was recently submitted to the competent North American entity. This means that this new technology will hardly integrate the AirPods Pro 2 that should arrive next September.
Apple includes ultrasonic sensors inside AirPods
The patent submitted by Apple to the USPTO concerns an ultrasonic touch technology to be applied in headphones. Such discretion indicates that this approach could integrate both the AirPods Pro line and the more expensive AirPods Max.
Whatever the product that debuts this technology, its goal is to improve the recognition of gestures made by users. To this end, Apple wants to get rid of the current capacitive sensors in favor of ultrasonic sensors.
Apple’s solution involves the adoption of guided waves in radial direction for better finger detection. In this way, not only will you eliminate the so-called ghost touches, but you will also improve the accuracy of command recognition.
This new approach will be a boon for all situations where it proves difficult to interact with AirPods Pro. Examples of this are when the user wears gloves or when the AirPods or fingers are wet.
As Apple states in its patent, an ultrasonic touch detection system will be less affected by liquids carrying electrical current when they come into contact with touch-sensitive surfaces.
The fact that Apple has submitted this patent does not guarantee that the technology described will be part of a ready-to-consume product. For now, it’s just an idea of the American technology that may, or may not, integrate any of its audio products to hit the market in the coming years.
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