AppleInsider reports that the 2009 patent application filed by Apple, "describes adding new sensors to the iPod nano, including a camera, to add new functionality" but "makes no mention of the iPod nano model in its text." The diagrams published on AppleInsider's site show a square device with no buttons, with icon-like graphics on a single screen that will presumably display different information when pressed (like a touchscreen).
The document also suggests that games will be a part of this new design, as well as "a motion sensor, temperature gauge, and a microphone. Each of these sensors could be used to dynamically alter the way a screensaver would be played on an iPod nano," according to AppleInsider.
I wonder if the "motion sensor" will serve a health function (i.e. a pedometer or heart rate monitor) or be used for games (like the Wii-mote). After all, many users like to exercise with their nanos rather than risk dropping their iPhones at the gym. Playing games on such a tiny screen (if the form factor is similar to the current nano) would hurt my eyes but perhaps Apple has some other types of game-play in mind.
What would you like your new nano to do for you?
[Source & Image: AppleInsider; here is a link to the original US Patent Application 20110109538]