Apple wins patent for 3D iPhone UI with motion gestures; reassigns PrimeSense 3D mapping patent

“Apple was today awarded a patent for touch-free, motion sensing gestures within 3D GUI concepts just as the company reassigns a patent related to 3D mapping technologies that it picked up through its acquisition of PrimeSense,” Jordan Kahn reports for 9to5Mac.

“It’s not the first time Apple has touched on 3D UI concepts and using sensors to detect Kinect-like gestures, but recently rumors popped up that Apple is working on a glasses-free 3D iPhone display technology,” Kahn reports. “That’s perhaps another hint Apple might be getting closer to introducing such a feature.”

“Speaking of Kinect-like gestures, Apple has completed its first patent reassignment from its purchase of Israel-based PrimeSense, the company behind the technology in Microsoft’s Kinect sensor,” Kahn reports. “The patent for a ‘Lens array projector,’ covers methods of light projection for mapping environments in 3D.”

Read more in the full article here.

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

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  1. this will take remaining huge chunk of casual console gamers from Wii, Xbox and PS4, and these will become more niche platforms for serious gamers rather than the media consumption, streaming, gaming devices that have been tacked onto the cartridge/disc based business model.

  2. Bought PowerDirector, and got bootcamp to run windows, because Apple doesn’t have 3D editing. I have about 50 3D movies, and the playstation 3, 4, and XboxOne, have 3D playback.
    From a hollywood point of view, 3D is still doing great.
    Too bad, I have to run to MicroSoft to get what I want.

  3. It’s odd and interesting that Apple are determined to skip over 3D GUI elements (manipulated by mouse, touch or trackpad) and instead jump directly into 3D gesture control of 3D GUI elements. Beats me why! But if that’s what it takes to move forward…

    I’m going to hazard a guess that Apple found the abstraction of manipulating 3D elements using a 2D interface confused a lot of test humans. So why not just manipulate 3D in 3D. However, considering the incredible array of successful 3D games over the past decade and a half…

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