Chameleon Like Interface is Coming to iPhone?

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Apple just filed several new patents.

From one of the patents:

One problem with existing portable media devices such as cellular telephones is that users can become distracted from other activities while interfacing with the media device's video display, graphical user interface (GUI), and/or keypad. For example, a runner may carry a personal media device to listen to music or to send/receive cellular telephone calls while running. In a typical personal media device, the runner must look at the device's display to interact with a media application in order to select a song for playing. Also, the user likely must depress the screen or one or more keys on its keypad to perform the song selection. These interactions with the personal media device can divert the user's attention from her surroundings which could be dangerous, force the user to interrupt her other activities, or cause the user to interfere with the activities of others within her surroundings.

Some interesting things we can deduce from those filings:

1. Motion aware interface – mobile device will sense movement and will adopt interface based on that (pic on the right)

2. Item 180 on the diagram is forward looking camera.

[via MacRumors]