Google seems to have a rather interesting patent application up their sleeve. The company has recently patented a motorized Pixelbook Lid which is designed to open and close with a simple touch. The lid will further auto align the display in accordance with the users face. The patent was granted to Google last week by the U.S Patent and Trademark Office and the application details a motorised hinge structure capable of moving the lid from open to closed position.
The movement of the lid will be bought into force via an input from an array of sensors. One of the sensors may be configured to determine the user’s distance from the laptop and the other to ascertain whether or not the user is looking at the laptop. Furthermore, the image sensor may be programmed to continuously adjust the angle and the position of the lid in order to maintain the optimum viewing position. The opening and the closing of the lid will be triggered by a touch set to a certain pressure or perhaps the duration of the touch. The user will have to touch on a particular area of the notebook in order for the lid to open/close automatically.
Apart from the automatic lid open and close feature the patent also details another feature that users Pixelbook’s face camera. In this particular feature, Pixelbook’s face side camera is used to track the user’s face and adjust the display accordingly. As most of us are already aware the clarity and the visibility of the laptop display often depends on the viewing angles. It is also possible that the computer makes use of multiple cameras in order to judge the users position more accurately.
Computer may include a sensor that is an image sensor and that can function as a proximity sensor for detecting the user. The image sensor may be a forward-facing camera capable of capturing an image of the user when the computer is in an open position.
The processor is also capable of detecting the change in users location and adjust the position of the lid. For instance, if the user is sitting down initially and then decides to stand up the lid automatically rotates to the fully open location in order to match the user’s line of sight, a feature that would be most useful during video conferencing.