Apple Inc (AAPL) Patent Shows Off Futuristic 3D Gesturing
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has been awarded a patent that covers a possible 3D software to go along with a gesture sensing hardware. The patent was first filed back in December 2011 but was only awarded this week. The user interface (UI) 3D software can be implemented in the motion-sensing hardware such as those developed by PrimeSense, which Apple acquired in 2013.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office awarded Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) U.S. Patent No. 8,933,876, which covers 3D UI gesture controls. The award of the latest 3D software patent comes a month after Apple was reassigned a patent from PrimeSense, a company best known for its projects in 3D mapping.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) accredited the 3D software to Amir Hoffnung, Micha Galor and Jonathan Pokrass as the inventors.
Gesture control software
Plainly, the 3D software technology patented by Apple is able to feed user gestures such as hand motion onto a computer as commands. However, users have to make gestures or motion their hands in certain manners to give correct commands to the motion-sensing device. Users can make various gestures and achieve various results with the support of the 3D UI software.
For example, to unlock the system UI, one can gesture the hand by moving it vertically in front of the host computer and within the field of view of the motion-tracking hardware. A user can also alert the sensing hardware by gesturing the hand in a certain manner, such as a “Push” motion or making a “Wave” motion before the host computer. Once alerted, the tracking device activates the UI software to allow for the input of more commands by the user as may be desired.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s 3D UI software patent also covers the ability of the software to drop a session when required. To cancel input command or drop a session, a user only needs to gesture the hand out of the view field of the sensing device. However, to avoid unfortunate incidents where one may close a session accidentally, the patent describes an onboard light to allow users know when they are within the field of view of the tracking hardware.
Application of the software
The 3D UI software could be integrated into Apple’s new set-top boxes or its other devices such as Mac.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) acquired Israeli-based PrimeSense in 2013 together with its patents for an amount estimated to be in the range of $345-$360 million.
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