A recently published Apple patent offers a look at what might become the most magical Cupertino-designed peripheral yet – a mouse with a built-in display to show extra information to users.
The patent showcases vague computer peripherals like Apple’s wireless mouse and keyboard, except these versions feature some kind of built-in secondary display. The display would deliver information oriented to whatever task the user was currently working on – including, perhaps, a magnified version of whatever was currently beneath the input device, like a paper with small font.
Collimated glass displays like the one indicated in Apple’s curious patent, are often used for displaying distortion-free information to multiple users (especially helpful in something like a flight simulator, wherein pilots sitting in different seats would normally see slightly different versions of the same image).
It’s entirely possible that the patent won’t go anywhere; companies often patent nascent technologies just in case – then don’t bother developing commercial variants. Still, an Apple mouse with a built-in display could be another way of completely differentiating Apple’s products from their competitors. Given how many companies now offer mice with multi-touch surfaces, Apple is no doubt looking to take their accessories to the next level yet.