You may be able to manage your iPhone someday just by giving it a little squeeze.
A patent granted to Apple today by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office details a housing for a mobile device that responds to the pressure of your touch or squeeze. Known as "Sensing capacitance changes of a housing of an electronic device," the patent uses a mobile phone as one example but could just as easily work with portable music players, laptops, and other electronic devices.
Today's touch-screen devices already react to the tap of a finger. But Apple's invention would take that further by reacting differently based on how much pressure you apply when you touch, squeeze, or otherwise deform the device's housing.
An image from the patent shows how a device might react to the pressure of your touch.
"By measuring the electrical characteristics of the housing, such as the housing's capacitance, the user's interaction with the housing can be measured in a manner that is independent of the user's electrical characteristics and/o... [Read more]