22 April 2017
Apple has already confirmed that it is more excited about augmented reality (AR) as compared to virtual reality (VR). We have also heard a few rumors related to what it might be doing in the AR space. But now, a new patent application has been spotted which shows that Apple is not only serious about AR technology but is also working on pretty advanced things in the space.
This new patent application has been filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and talks about an AR tech which will make it possible to add and remove objects in the real environment and that too in real-time. It will further allow users to remove or relocate any of the real world objects, thanks to some advanced and complex algorithms.
The methodology mentioned in the application to achieve these results is based on the of use of a device featuring high-definition cameras, powerful image processors, and advanced location and positioning hardware. This device is likely to be a future iteration of iPhone which will capture a 2D shot of the environment and objects in it. One of the aspects of the environment will be taken as the reference point which will be used for placement of digital objects.
All-in-all, this AR tech will offer a more realistic and believable virtual object placement without any weird rendering which shows them incomplete in current technology. It can also help in making the digital object hide if it is placed behind a real world object. This will surely enhance the whole AR viewing experience and make it truly immersive.
It is true that Apple is currently quite far behind as compared to its competitors if we talk about the AR space but if this patent turns into a reality, it will surely be having an edge over all the rivals.