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Apple patents 3D interactive hologram display system

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AppleInsider has discovered another interesting Apple patent. This time the technology giant has patented a 3D-display system that projects digital images into a medium such as a non-linear crystal, using infrared lasers or similar technologies and accepts user input in the form of gestures. 

In practice, this means a hologram-type image is projected over a light source using two UFO-shaped parabolic mirrors. Users can then interact with the projection using gestures, such as touches and swipes. Those gestures are detected by lasers that send information about when and where their path is broken to a central processing unit. This data is then used to interpret the interaction.

There are currently rumors floating around the web about an Amazon smartphone that will use some kind of 3D display technology and gestures, but the Apple patent looks a few years away from implementation into any devices. Nevertheless it'll be interesting to see where and how this kind of technology will be used in the future and if it will the change the way we interact with our devices.

Source: USPTO | Via: Apple Insider


  

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Total comments: 10
PeaceKeeper
By PeaceKeeper (4 months ago)

So, they drew a picture of a kids toy and put ambiguous blocks labeled "sensors" on it... Wow. Real breakthrough there, Apple.

At least now they can sue anyone who tries to develop something using the same centuries(if not millennia) old concept but actually delivers on the idea of making it interactive... It's a much better business model.

Next they'll try and patent the fecking wheel.

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Daxs
By Daxs (4 months ago)

Apple move - fear from Samsung and HTC = panic!

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VadymA
By VadymA (4 months ago)

Sadly Apple hasn't released anything new since Steve Jobs left this world; which is 2.5 years already.

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xt1isdabomb
By xt1isdabomb (4 months ago)

This is very exciting news. The future is wide open!

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CarVac
By CarVac (4 months ago)

This looks like a computer-display variant of one of those parabola things that you put an item in the bottom of and which forms a 3d image on the top.

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Lee Jay
By Lee Jay (4 months ago)

UFO-shaped? Come on!

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badi
By badi (4 months ago)

Yes, it means that is shaped as common UFOs. You know... the standard UFOs, not the more exceptional ones.

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MrTaikitso
By MrTaikitso (4 months ago)

Saucer shaped would be better.

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BoFiS
By BoFiS (4 months ago)

I'm pretty sure there's prior implementation of things like this...medical simulations and such. Were they awarded this patent without a working product??

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0MitchAG
By 0MitchAG (4 months ago)

They don't need a working product.

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