Apple has today been awarded a patent labelled “Synchronized, interactive augmented reality displays for multifunction devices“.
The patent is based on an augmented-reality system that displays a live video feed on the display of a device, this feed would then be overlayed with information in a standard augmented-reality fashion. For example, you could point your device at the Empire state building, and the system would then overlay that image with augmented information. Now, that all sounds pretty standard, however, Apple’s technology has a few tricks up its sleeve.
For starters, the augmented-reality is interactive, allowing users to create their own annotations by writing or drawing on screen. There’s also the options to share those annotations with other people to create a collectivized database.
The technology also has split screen capabilities, which is best illustrated below, the tech seems to be best suited to giving directions and navigating, whilst viewing augmented-reality at the same time.
So I might be able to get augmented-reality information of the London skyline, whilst at the same time study a map of London, nifty stuff.
Naturally, patent grants don’t automatically seal the prospect of seeing this technology in reality, but I think it’s fairly safe to assume that augmented-reality will soon become part of the iOS experience. What do you think of this technology? Leave your comments below!