Apple has been granted a patent detailing augmented reality technology and some new innovations from the company. The patent for “Synchronized, interactive augmented reality displays for multifunction devices” was applied for back in 2010 and may be the key to Apple’s next generation of innovative products.
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The patent, United States Patent, 8,400,548, details augmented reality innovation that many would be familiar with and some new ideas too. It describes users using their Apple devices to identify things in close proximity to them, describing the device identifying a circuit board and then displaying information about each component which then allows users to add information and descriptions and sharing it with others.
The patent also describes a split-screen approach to AR, with one screen displaying realtime information and the second showing a 3D computer generated image that can be manipulated by the user to fit their needs such as to add directions or notes or looking at the scene from different angles, yet again users will be able to share what they see and add.
Apple’s approach to AR may prove to be a winner, if they decide to implement it into their devices in the near future.