Two patents have shown up today which have some fairly interesting details. First up is Patently Apple’s finding of the “Rock and Roll Magic Mouse”. It is similar to the Gyration Airmouse that has been on the market for a few years but has a rounded bottom that allows for tipping to move the mouse up and down and forward and back. The new mouse would have a 3 dimensional gyroscope inside to give it direction. Interestingly, the current Magic Mouse bottom is also curved on the bottom. Anyone want to take theirs apart to see if Apple buried a 3D accelerometer in there?
Next up, Apple is still investigating front-facing cameras says this patent filed in 2008 with the familiar iPad classic chassis:
The patent, titled “Apparatus and Method for Compensating for Variations in Digital Cameras” is otherwise a little on the light side and concerns dealing with camera variables from different vendors.