Apple patent hints at tablet with 3D graphics

“Some of the recent reports that predict Apple will launch some type of ‘tablet PC’ next month have mentioned that the long-rumored device will have 3D graphics,” Gus Sentementes reports for The Baltimore Sun.

“So what does ‘3D graphics’ really mean and how could it be implemented?” Sentementes wonders. “I found a recently-released patent filing which I traced back to Apple (#20090303231, Dec. 10, 2009) and which discusses in great detail a ‘touch screen device, method and graphical user interface for manipulating three-dimensional virtual objects.'”

Sentementes writes, “If Apple chooses to incorporate some of the features it outlines in this patent filing, it could essentially mean that that user-interaction experience for the iPhone or a potential ‘Tablet’ will be markedly different in some respects than the iPhone interface we’re currently using… Perhaps this – 3D graphics — is the future of Apple’s interfaces for its portable multi-function devices.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “JES42” for the heads up.]

22 Comments

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  2. Personally – AIYC – I find 3D boring and silly. Not just having to wear the goggles, either. AVATAR, besides its insipid plot, dialogue and racism, was put off by the aspect of the screen. The picture size is reduced by the 3D aspect, probably just optical illusion, but there all the same. I would lift the glasses to find the scope bigger.

    Really, the idea sucks. How about blue-ray definition for film/tv? I mean, even that is a bit disconcerting – who wants to see all Depp’s zit craters!?! Up close and all too personal.

    HDTV is okay with me

  3. 3d graphics could be extremely cool, but if the device Apple introduces later this month doesn’t have them, get ready for all the mouth breathers to complain about their disappointment – regardless of whatever else the device may do.

  4. As far as I can tell from reading the patent, the 3D effect is not a stereoscopic one; it is 3D projected into 3D—like a Pixar animation on a regular TV. The patent covers how one exploits a touch screen and finger gestures to manipulate a 3D object in 3D virtual space.

    Imagine an icon that looks like Mr. Incredible from The Incredibles. The patent covers how you could spin the icon around so it faces away from you. Nowhere in the patent is there anything that suggests a true 3D stereoscopic effect for the operator.

  5. Oops, I should proof read better.

    As far as I can tell from reading the patent, the 3D effect is not a stereoscopic one; it is 3D projected into <u>2D</u>—like a Pixar animation on a regular TV. The patent covers how one exploits a touch screen and finger gestures to manipulate a 3D object in 3D virtual space.

    Imagine an icon that looks like Mr. Incredible from The Incredibles. The patent covers how you could spin the icon around so it faces away from you. Nowhere in the patent is there anything that suggests a true 3D stereoscopic effect for the operator.

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