Apple and its patent applications are quite famous and recently one such patent application from Apple revealing a hot 3D eye-tracking based interface has been published by the US Patent & Trademark Office. This patent is to be used for gaming, digital photography and videography, biometrics and surveillance applications and at the same time being an OS feature option for iOS devices and Apple’s iMac.It seems that through this patent Apple is paving the way for a new 3D GUI. Its 3D iPhone Technology may be similar to Apple’s earlier work on the same touching on head tracking and unique ambient light feature technologies.
The new patent however calls for a 3D system that would be available to iOS devices, enabling a pseudo-3D effect to be created with the help of technology. Once this patent is executed, there would be no use of 3D glasses. Also, it would work on sensors like the accelerometer and compass to detect movement and make the device change the orientation of on-screen objects. All you need to activate the new 3D mode is some kind of gesture and then you can switch between 2D and 3D modes whenever you wish to.
3-D smartphones aren’t new to the market or users so we can’t say that Apple 3D iPhone would be something we have never heard of. HTC had brought out their 3D-equipped Android phone earlier but it didn’t live up to the mark. Then there was the Nintendo 3DS from the gaming industry which again didn’t fare well enough. Now that there are talks about the upcoming iPhone 5 release date this year it seems likely that the 3-D technology would be among the iPhone 5 features.
With Apple’s 3D GUI patent trend becoming the hottest topic now, people are awaiting its release quite excitedly.
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