“The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office awarded U.S. Patent No. 8,624,974 B2, entitled ‘Generating a Three-Dimensional Model Using a Portable Electronic Device Recording,’ to Apple on Tuesday. AppleInsider first detailed the patent, when it was simply a proposed filing, in 2010,” Hughes reports. “The concept describes using a portable device, such as an iPhone, to record video or photos of an area. That collective information could then be used along with other crowd-sourced media to render an object or location in three dimensions.”
Hughes reports, “In this respect, Apple could essentially crowd-source the capturing of street-level images to end users, allowing for thorough and up-to-date information in its Maps application.”
More info, and Apple’s patent application illustrations, in the full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader "Lynn Weiler" for the heads up.]
28 new Apple patent filings reveal 3D printer, 3D Maps, EarPod technologies and more – December 26, 2013