Mercedes Invents Floating Crystal Ball To Control Infotainment
96609 Mercedes Invents Floating Crystal Ball To Control Infotainment

Mercedes Invents Floating Crystal Ball To Control Infotainment


CarBuzz has uncovered patent filings for the new technology with the World Intellectual Property Office. In the documents, Mercedes-Benz describes an invention relating “to a control device for controlling vehicles functions… which can be actively actuated by a person for control.” The patent further goes on to suggest that the control “is designed as an object which floats in a regulated magnetic field.”

Accompanied by several diagrams, we see a spherical control floating above the center console. Using magnetic field technology, the ball can hover and spin freely, and a sensor unit would be able to detect – we presume via light, movement, proximity, and gyro sensors – the actuation and input of the controller.

A floating ball controller could be scrolled in numerous directions and could be pushed around like a joystick while depressing the controller could act as a function to click on or select a menu item.

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