Your future iPhone or iPad could come with its own projector.
Granted to Apple on Tuesday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, a patent called “Projected display shared workspaces” envisions a technology that would integrate small projectors into iOS devices and give users the ability to control their presentations with gestures.
The technology would rely on the built-in camera to detect the shadows and silhouettes created through gesturing at the projected areas. The projector technology also could work among multiple displays from multiple devices. Again using gestures, users could share and swap images from one projected display to another
There are gadgets on the market right now that can turn your iPhone into a mini projector. But Apple’s integrated invention could take the technology a few steps further with its gesture-based image-sharing features.