It’s been clear for some time that Apple is getting rid of the old one (so long ago, the iPod) and moving towards the technologies of the future. Augmented reality, for example, is one of Apple’s main goals today, and there has been plenty of news regarding AR developments. We’ve known for some time that Apple is working on AR glasses, but it is still to the imagination as to how AR glasses will work. Now a new patent application sheds light on what we can expect from the future laptop.
A patent application from software developer AR Metaio, which was acquired by Apple in 2015, recently surfaced under Apple. It shows a method of representing points of interest such as a building or the interior of a car on the screen of an iPhone. The patent was first discovered by Patently Apple. In theory, Apple wants you to capture the environment through your iPhone’s camera and the screen would then overlay the context. The Cupertino giant is also seeing this technology come into play for its AR glasses, in which your eyes will see the environment and the glass will overlay it with information.
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The report speculates on the patent filing that Apple intends to make to make this technology work for both the iPhone and smart glasses. “The mobile device may perform an action related to at least one point of interest if at least part of the computer-generated virtual object mixed with the semi-transparent screen is covered by a user’s finger or a device held by the user. ” As far-fetched as it sounds, it shows Apple is serious about where AR is headed. Many patents filed do not see the light of day, so it is only a pipe dream for the moment.
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These are not just AR glasses. At its recent developer conference, Apple announced iOS 11, Apple’s next big software update, which among other things in augmented reality. The ARKit provides fast and stable motion tracking, ambient light estimation, and more, made possible by the use of sensors from iPhone and iPad devices. This was followed by the acquisition of the German company SensoMotoric, specializing in eye-tracking solutions. These can be seen as Apple’s first steps towards laying the groundwork for its smart glasses.