“Apple on Tuesday won a patent for an augmented reality (AR) system that can identify objects in a live video stream and present information corresponding to said objects through a computer generated information layer overlaid on top of the real-world image,” Mikey Campbell reports for AppleInsider.

“Published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Apple’s U.S. Patent No. 8,400,548 for ‘Synchronized, interactive augmented reality displays for multifunction devices’ describes an advanced AR system that uses various iOS device features like a multitouch screen, camera and internet connectivity, among others, to facilitate advanced AR functionality,” Campbell reports. “Perhaps most interesting about the ‘548 patent is the a split-screen view which is employed by having the live and computer generated views separated in two distinct windows. The computer generated windows can complete the usual recognition tasks as described above, with manual entry available, or it can build a completely new set of data. ”

More info and Apple’s patent application illustrations in the full article here.