Apple patent application: 2D/3D remote control that supports TV, games, virtual store, more

“On May 8, 2008, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a new and exciting Apple patent which generally relates to a multi-dimensional 2D/3D remote control system,” Jack “Neo” Purcher reports for MacNN.

“The remote control could employ both absolute and relative positioning detection techniques which provide for superior on-screen position accuracy. The remote controller would also provide a unique zoom feature to enable a user to go into and out of an image or even a portion thereof. Such techniques are employed in video game controllers and Apple’s patent confirms this application option,” Purcher reports.

“Such techniques would also support Apple’s vision of a Second Life-like virtual world application relating to their Apple Store. The new remote would allow consumers to roam through a virtual Apple Store as if they were in a sophisticated 3D video game such as BioShock or Call of Duty. The good part of this is that the remote may be closer to reality than you think – as Apple has implemented technologies that were developed and patented by ThinkOptics, the creators of Waveit,” Purcher reports. “Their remote won the 2008 CES Innovations Design and Engineering Award. According to their literature, the remote offers anti-shake stabilization and air zooming to move in on photos and webpages and supports onscreen keyboards – most of which are supported by Apple’s patent.”

Much more in the full article, including patent application images, here.

22 Comments

  1. “The new remote would allow consumers to roam through a virtual Apple Store as if they were in a sophisticated 3D video game such as BioShock or Call of Duty.”

    So, you’d be able to frag unsuspecting customers?

    “I’d like to see the new MacBook Air.”

    “You’d better get AppleCare dirtbag or prepare to die.”

    Cool.

  2. There are times when I want to send my Harmony 1000 back. It does have problems, and most users don’t want to take the time to resolve them. I want a remote that ‘just works’.

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