Apple patent points to potential 3D camera, extension of 3D parallax UI to CarPlay and Apple Watch

“Back in 2012 we originally covered Apple’s 3D eye-tracking interface invention that described 3D UI effects such as parallax, interaction within a virtual 3D world and more,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“Then late in December 2014 we covered Apple’s granted patent regarding this technology. The patent was titled ‘Three dimensional user interface effects on a display by using properties of motion,'” Purcher reports. “Today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a new patent application from Apple that shows that they’re updating their 3D invention. The additions are key and in sync with a newly discovered patent in Europe today regarding a 3D camera.”

“Another important addition to Apple’s 3D patent is found in Apple’s claim number 7 as follows: ‘The graphical user interface method of claim 1, wherein the device comprises at least one of: a computer monitor, a watch, a music player, a television screen, or a dashboard display in a car or other vehicle,'” Purcher reports. “Obviously Apple wants to ensure their technology is protected for use in Apple Watch, CarPlay and possible future use in Apple’s iMac, iPod or HDTV.”

Read more, and see Apple’s patent application illustrations, in the full article here.

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