Apple patents walkie talkie headphone

Apple patents walkie talkie headphone

Apple patents walkie talkie headphone. It allows users to use their iPhone and iPad as a walkie talkie. U.S. Patent Office released a patent called POINT-TO-POINT AD HOC VOICE COMMUNICATION today.  Application from Apple reveals an advanced Wi-Fi Direct capable communications headset.

Apple explains many reasons why people might want to communicate in this way. For example, two people need to talk to each other from opposite sides of a crowded, noisy room and need to be free to move.

Apple patents walkie talkie headphone
A sketch in the patent shows two people using the service. They wearing headsets plugged into smartphones.

 

“Such ambient noises may need both individuals to approach within a certain proximity of each other. It can hinder freedom of movement of one or both users for the duration of the direct communication.”

“Users can use a graphical interface on a touchscreen to pick the people nearby they wanted to establish a direct voice link with.”

Apple patents walkie talkie headphoneThe devices may also be able to automatically detect and call similar headsets within a certain range.

According to Apple, this network could be established using Bluetooth or local wi-fi connections. The link would work providing users stayed within a certain proximity to each other.

Such a communication method could be secure and discreet relative to phone calls, using unsecured walkie-talkies or talking to someone face-to-face, the patent posts.

Apple patents walkie talkie headphone
Another drawing showing a point-to-point voice link established between two wireless headsets.

“As wireless ad hoc network links can include signal encryption. Discreetness of the voice communication between users via the wireless ad hoc network link can be enhanced.”

A sketch in the patent shows two people using the service. They wearing headsets plugged into smartphones. Another drawing showing a point-to-point voice link established between two wireless headsets.

If two people want to meet up while avoiding people nearby who smell unpleasant or who are discharging bodily fluids.

“For example, the users may desire to maintain the least distance between each other for cultural reasons. Lack of familiarity with each other, a desire to avoid impinging upon each other’s personal space. A desire to minimize contact with bodily odors and discharges of other individuals,” the patent states.

As with all patents, there is no guarantee the product will get made.