Apple is bringing augmented reality to the masses this fall with its ARKit developer platform, but that might just be the starting point.
The filing describes how a machine would be used to overlay digital information onto the real world. Developers could potentially use information and communication technologies to highlight nearby “points of interest” on a mobile machine screen when it’s hold back in front of you.
But what’s perhaps most striking about this new patent is that Apple has outlined a scenario that would require people to wear a headset in order to view the augmented reality images.
There aren’t many details about the headset hidden in the patent, so we have to use this really bad patent drawing to glean some insight. The AR hardware in the sketch seems has become still more in the vein of Google Glass than the Microsoft’s HoloLens, which attains sense if it’s meant to be used while interacting with the world at large, as the patent describes it as a “video-see-through head-mounted presentation( HMD) “.
The HMD would be equipped with a camera, which would record the user’s environ and track the position of their own thumbs and hands, in order to be allowed to interact with the digital aspects of the AR scene in front of them.
This type of interactive functionality could be even more groundbreaking than the exciting developings we’re already determining with the ARKit projects leaking from developers ahead of the iOS 11 launch for one simple reason: Your hands are free exercised control over the augmented world in front of you. ARKit is undeniably cool, but it’s instantly is restricting having to view the digital provides through an iPhone screen. The HMD would eliminate this issue.
Apple has been fairly open about its interest in AR technology, and has long been rumored to be developing a new machine use the technology. In a recent interview, Apple CEO Tim Cook said it will certainly “become very big, “ adding that augmented reality has the potential to change the world just like the smartphone.
We can’t count on a near future fitted with Apple AR gear just yet. This is just a patent, so we may never see this technology beyond what’s highlighted in the filing. All signs point to big AR growings on the horizon from Apple, though, so keep your eyes peeled for new developments. You might be reading it in AR sooner than you think.