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HTC patent shows anti-shake video viewing

HTC has apparently filed a patent on a method of watching videos on mobile devices with built-in accelerometers. The motion sensor not only detects the direction of the shake, but also measures the intensity of the displacement.

HTC patent application
Click for a larger image. HTC, via US PTO

The US Patent and Trademark Office database is a treasure trove of technologies for those who bother to dig.

To wit: HTC has filed a patent for a method of watching videos on mobile devices with built-in accelerometers. According to the lengthy description, the motion sensor not only detects the direction of the shake, but also measures the intensity of the displacement. These parameters are then compensated with a shift of the images in the opposite direction.

Imagine you're on a bus watching the latest episode of "House" and the vehicle hits a bump on the road. Typically, most people would blame the sudden jerk on a lousy driver. But if the patent makes it to commercial devices, it wouldn't matter as much since we could possibly continue watching Dr. Gregory House perform an intricate operation without missing a beat.

We're not sure whether we'll get used to this, but who knows? HTC may perfect this technology in the near future.

(Source: Crave Asia via Ubergizmo)