The tech giant Google is always coming up with new and interesting ideas and filing patents to secure the design or product. Google owns some of the unique designs, but that doesn’t mean they all will ever actually see the daylight.

A recent patent just given to the company is something we expect to see in future Chromebook or Pixelbook.

First spotted by Patently Apple, the patent was filed in 2013 by the company and Ken Loo, Senior Product Design Engineer who worked on the self-driving car project, the Pixel smartphones, and the Pixelbook.

The idea seems pretty simple. First, there would need to be a touch-sensitive part on the top of the laptop that would detect someone tapping on it. Then, using various ambient light sensors as well as other cameras, the laptop would use a motorized hinge to open the device’s lid.

What’s more, though, is that the various sensors would also recognize and track the user’s face and open the hinge to the best angle for viewing.

Below is an abstract of the filed patent:

A portable computer that has a motorized hinge structure capable of moving the lid between an open and closed position. The movement of the lid is based on input from a plurality of sensors. One sensor may be configured to determine whether the user is within a predetermined threshold distance. Another sensor may be capable of detecting whether the user has made direct contact with the laptop. In one embodiment, the computer may have an image sensor configured to detect the user’s face and continuously adjust the angle and position of the lid to keep the face in the field of view of the camera and/or keep the lid in the optimum viewing position.

Well, as mentioned earlier that not every patented device is going to see the daylight. Will this idea of a motorized hinge structure going to be a real device? It is yet uncertain, so counting on it won’t be a wise move. It seems more likely that incorporating such a structure would be a pricey move for the company.


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