On January 31 the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published Apple's application for a patent that creates a whole new viewing and listening experience on a display based on where a viewer is positioned and other environmental factors.
According to the January 31 report by Apple Insider:
Apple's patent application for “Devices with enhanced audio” covers not only speaker settings, but video adjustments as well. By using various sensors, such as cameras and microphones, the system is able [to] provide an optimal experience with little or no input from the user.
The method starts with data collected from a large variety of sensors, including imaging sensors, proximity sensors, microphones and infrared sensors, among others. By taking input from a given sensor array and processing the data, the system can determine the positioning of a user in relation to a computer screen or source device. Also taken into account is the user's environment, for example a large room with wooden floors, or a small room with drawn curtains.
Far fetched? Not at all. Consumer Electronics Show 2013 was fill with samples of smarter TVs that what you as you watch them. This Apple patent just takes the idea to a new level of innovation for all displays.
While the future of TVs (and displays in general) is moving in this direction, it should be pointed out that not all Apple patented ideas make it to market.
You can read the entire Apple Insider January 31 report here.