Apple pauses world dominance to patent AR technology
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A mysterious (not really) patent has appeared, filed by Apple, that supports the rumours that the tech powerhouse is getting involved in augmented reality in the future.
The patent can be found here, and outlines a "method and device for illustrating a virtual object in a real environment". Using our deductive skills, we’ve figured out that it means AR technology that lets you put stuff in front of or behind other stuff. Sorry to get all technical on you there.
For those left unsatisfied with this description, here’s how it reads on the patent:
So yeah, it seems like they’re planning on developing software for checking out how things would realistically look in certain situations. Here’s a handy picture for reference:
Think interior design. You could theoretically place and move objects in your home to see if they work to your liking, without having to even get off the couch. Or as the almighty patent says, it can provide an idea “of the suitability of various products for a purpose of use.” More vague, but you get the idea.
The patent is light on details about the technology, or how it will be operated, but I’d bet the house on the iPhone being the vessel for it. If Apple is getting serious about AR, it will be interesting to see where they take this technology.