Apple wins secret patent for high-end 3D object recognition

“The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today and one of them was a real surprise,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“Apple has been granted a major patent for 3D object recognition that will allow future iPads to advance graphics like MRI images for use in hospitals and other enterprise and military applications covering high-end security systems using advanced biometrics,” Purcher reports. “Apple secretely acquired this patent at some point in the past from Swedish inventors.”

Purcher reports, “When the connections to this patent unfold, you’ll be both surprised and excited about what this means for future iOS devices.”

Much more in the full article, including Apple’s patent application illustrations, here.


  1. I read it this morning. It was a good read and connects a lot dots. Apple is definitely gearing up big time for iPad 3. It’s going to interesting to what they have up their sleeve.

  2. Classic Steve Jobs in wanting to own a thread of something new outright. It’ll be interesting to see what other apps beyond iPhoto that intend on bringing to market.

    I wonder if they’ll use it for creating next generation apps for highend avatar creation, head tracking, Security login ID and/or for 3D interfaces that Apple has already patented.

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