Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) recently won 41 new patents including a Kinect-like feature that will allow hand gesture controls. The tech giant won the patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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Apple’s Kinect-like patent

The Kinect-like feature will enable the user to incorporate hand-like controls for Mac computers. Patently Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) reported the details on this particular patent, saying, “Apple has been granted a major patent today for their invention that generally relates to computer user interface systems and methods, and more specifically to computer user interface systems and methods employing distance, depth and/or proximity sensors. Although the system may apply to a future iPhone or iPod touch, the example actually used in their patent filing is that of a desktop computer display. Back in 2008, a TV wasn’t a priority with Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), yet this technology could equally apply to such a device if Apple wanted it to in the future.”

This technology will likely be used in television and computers. This also prompts some questions, such as whether the company actually has plans for a gesture control feature to be embedded in the television. Interestingly enough, this feature can also be seen on iPhones and iPads. This particular gesture control can be used for scrolling, selecting items, and zooming, as well as be used across the operating system and active applications.

Apple granted a majority of patents

Patently Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) added, “Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has been granted a major patent today for their invention that generally relates to computer user interface systems and methods, and more specifically to computer user interface systems and methods employing distance, depth and/or proximity sensors. Although the system may apply to a future iPhone or iPod touch, the example actually used in their patent filing is that of a desktop computer display. Back in 2008, a TV wasn’t a priority with Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), yet this technology could equally apply to such a device if Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) wanted it to in the future.”

Such features could improve the entire Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) experience, especially if it’s a feature that works for multiple devices.