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  • Apple's Working on Interactive 3D (Without Goofy Glasses)

    According to a new patent application, Apple is working on 3D without glasses, AppleInsider revealed today. The application, describing a projection screen that uses something called an "angularly responsive reflective surface", would allow users to see and manipulate 3D objects in normal light, without headgear.

    The application talks about one of the stumbling blocks to broader acceptance of 3D being - essentially - that the specialized goggles make you look dumb, noting that "observers generally do not like to wear equipment over their eyes." The invention for which Apple is seeking a patent enables a "virtual 3D desktop" that will allow you to "manipulate objects within the desktop by reaching into the virtual display." The system that will accomplish this uses proximity sensors to determine where "one or more" users are, and customizes the display so that different images are beamed to each user's right and left eye, thereby creating the illusion of depth. Proximity sensors would also detect what each user is "grasping' or "pushing" and changes the display dynamically to match.

    The complex system would need a number of different components to work, including a projector with analog mirrors and a "polygon scanner," a 3D imager, a projection screen with a highly flexible, mobile responsive surface, and a computer powerful enough to do the rendering. In addition, an advanced camera system would make sure that the images lined up just right in each of the user's eyes.

    With the blockbuster film Avatar, 3D imaging is finally beginning to go mainstream, and as Engadget noted today, it's hard to find "any PC makers not working on 3D-enabled desktops and laptops at this point." What Apple is talking about with this invention, though, is taking that to the next level with 3D interactivity. We're still years away from this one, but Apple's already staked their claim.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple's Working on Interactive 3D (Without Goofy Glasses) started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 34 Comments
    1. ikesmasher's Avatar
      ikesmasher -
      ^they arent talking about 3d glasses tech, or like a 3d screen. i think it means like a projected image.
    1. iBwizzle's Avatar
      iBwizzle -
      Quote Originally Posted by Unger View Post
      I have seen this technology. At CES. Panasonic had one going... It was definitely sick! The rep there told me 2-3 year rollout... That was in January. This one is way down the road...
      Yeah, that's the problem with many of these bias fan_dummies... Technology such as this has been in develop for decades now by other private companies! Apple is a business, not an inventor. Apple products are put together from many preexisting "already invented" parts. Take the iPhone for instants... A captive touch screen + battery + memory + blah blah blah... + and finally the software from Apple. The true invention lies in the separate components. It's clear to see that many of you seek a career nowhere near technology/engineering.

      On the other hand... It's good to see this type of technology reaching main stream.
    1. djnikk's Avatar
      djnikk -
      Quote Originally Posted by Bluprint View Post
      If glasses suck then why not make contacts..
      LOL in case that's not a joke... 3D glasses are ELECTRONIC..... obviously, like said, the kind of technology you're talking about doesn't exist.
    1. clarky8's Avatar
      clarky8 -
      It would be awesome to watch football games in 3-D. Could you imagine the superbowl in 3-D? Or better yet the hooters girl pagent?
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Did Apple just got that idea from the Nintendo 3DS?
    1. TheDirtyDiddler's Avatar
      TheDirtyDiddler -
      Help me Adobe Wan Kenobi...
    1. scatman10's Avatar
      scatman10 -
      Lol djnikk 3D glasses are in no way electronic. When was the last time you went to a 3D showing? 1997 at an IMAX theatre?
    1. sphangman's Avatar
      sphangman -
      "Originally Posted by Messington
      So basically apple is going to sue iron man for copy right infringements."

      you've got some weird ideas about how patents work. It's not just about "having an idea" but how you ACTUALLY make it possible.
    1. sale666's Avatar
      sale666 -
      So basically apple is going to sue iron man for copy right infringements.

      Messington ur a king seriuosly hahahahaha
    1. LeeDude's Avatar
      LeeDude -
      Not sure how much you all know about this, but nintendo actually plans on releasing a "3d" handheld console this year (speculation). The nintendo 3ds. They use their camera to determine where the user is standing ajd redirect the images to make them appear 3d. There is a video on YouTube.
    1. ikesmasher's Avatar
      ikesmasher -
      Ok Ok. WE ALL KNOW ABOUT THE 3DS. this is an APPLE forum. the 3ds will be horrible, just like ALL recent nintendo consoles.
    1. Success.Is.Sweet's Avatar
      Success.Is.Sweet -
      Quote Originally Posted by ikesmasher View Post
      the 3ds will be horrible, just like ALL recent nintendo consoles.
      Wii poised to become best-selling console ever - Game Hunters: In search of video games and interactive awesomeness - USATODAY.com

      The average consumer would disagree with you.
    1. scatman10's Avatar
      scatman10 -
      Wow no reply from dj yet arguing his point
    1. flippy's Avatar
      flippy -
      fujifilm has made a 3D camera and the screen on the back is 3D as well and you dont need any glasses