Apple looking to hire someone to help them build 3D iPhones and iPads

“Apple has filed for all sorts of patents related to 3D technologies over the years, sparking speculation that the company will one day bring us 3D-capable Macs and iOS devices,” Killian Bell reports for Cult of Mac.

“But evidence that it’s about to get serious about 3D technology for iOS devices comes from a recent job listing on its website for a ‘Computer Vision specialist to strengthen its multi-view stereo research group,'” Bell reports. “This listing, along with Apple’s growing collection of 3D-related patents, proves the company has an interest in 3D technology.”

Bell reports, “Could Apple be preparing to bring us a new 3D technology that’s better than what we’ve already seen? It certainly looks like it could be.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]

12 Comments

  1. Meh. I fail to see the point on a small hand-held device. I can’t even really see the point in 3D tv; I’m really only interested if I go see a film.
    Colour me unimpressed.

  2. So far I’ve been unimpressed with 3D…it’s just a fancy gimmick in my books. I’d much rather just watch regular high definition tv and such like…much easier on the eyes. Just my opinion…

  3. The article doesn’t leave anything concrete for what devices would use 3D technology. Could be for portable devices, desktops or a new Apple television for all we know. Might be for all of the above.

    The most disappointing experience I’ve had with 3D was paying $15 to see the film “Up!” in theaters.. it was not worth the price of admission. The greatest 3D experience I’ve seen was at Disney World’s “The Muppets” attraction in Florida. That was pretty amazing.

    People who don’t like 3D, I’m sure, will be able to turn the option off somehow. There are plenty of applications for such technology that could prove beneficial and break past the gimmick factor.

    The medical industry (and other fields in education for cost-saving visual aid demonstrations), games, Facetime, movies, maps for GPS navigation, virtual reality, augmented reality & etc. could all benefit greatly. I could see 3D working for certain purposes, If 3D is implemented in a manner for usefulness, rather than gimmick factor (aka “Up!” in 3D… that movie should never have been in 3D).

  4. All existing stereoscopic 3D technology sucks by Apple standards – they either only work from a single person’s vantage point, or require color distorting glasses.

    Apple doesn’t do things in half measures – it will either do stereoscopic 3D right, or it won’t do it at all. So in the near future, expect to keep seeing crappy stereoscopic 3D from Sony and everyone else, and no stereoscopic 3D from Apple.

    Apple’s patents on the topic rely on tracking people’s position in a room, the position of each of their eyes, and displaying separate images targeted to each viewer’s individual eyeballs. The computational power to accomplish this is beyond current technology. But, when computer hardware and software does catch up, Apple will be in prime position to be the first to deliver stereoscopic 3D that doesn’t suck.

  5. Skating to where the puck is going to be….as usual.

    Imagine 3-D used in conjunction with the haptic texture interface so that medical imaging data could be literally FELT by a doctor to assess blockages, or tumor masses. Or any manner of UI’s that give you a sense of where they are in your navigable space. We have the X Y dimensions but by adding the Z dimension plus a way to sense it other than just visually it could be quite useful. Keep an open mind. Apple does.

    1. @pr: very interesting speculation here. Fascinating.

      I really have to agree with earlier posters about the “why?” factor – other than your peek into the future, I don’t get why either.

      So much has happened over the past 35 years, things that we do nowadays were in the realm of magic when the first A2 was on display at the West Coast Computer Faire. Even back then development and kludges moved forward pretty fast. My then 70-yo mother, who spent 40 years as an RN in a local hospital (and who was pretty hands-on) thought it was “magic” when I had hooked up an old line printer to an Apple II across the room and showed her how it printed what she typed onto the screen. For me, it was just scrounging some parts at hobbyist stores and doing some creative soldering. All that to sell printed mailing labels to a few local businesses (as my own side business to write off the expense of my equipment).

      It’s great to be alive during these times!

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