Apple Working on 3D Displays With Holographic Gesturing for Future Devices



Your next Apple TV could be more like the Microsoft Kinect than a normal set-top box. Apple has just filed one insanely cool series of patents on 3D display technology.

Essentially, Apple has detailed 3D gesture and imaging designs of science fiction proportions. Say goodbye to the remote, and hello to the hologram!

Patently Apple explains:

“Apple’s patent covers a wild 3D system that could generate an invisible space in front of the user that could allow them to work with holographic images or project their hands onto a screen in front of them to manipulate switches or move pieces of virtual paper or parts of a presentation. One could only image how this could be applied to 3D gaming, business or medical applications in the future.

Accordingly, it will be understood that any virtual object could be grasped and manipulated within the virtual space of the imaging volume or space. Such objects, in addition to controls such as knobs, sliders, and buttons, can include virtually any kind of physical objects (e.g., a block of wood, a sheet of paper, hand tools, styli, virtual paint brushes, pencils, pens, grinders, knives, scissors, and so forth). When Apple mentions a “sheet of paper” or moving objects, I find that it fits in rather well with their latest projector system revelations of last month. Patent by patent Apple’s vision of an advanced 3D projection system is coming together.”

The is the future, folks. Want to play a racing game? A holographic steering wheel appears in front of you. Need to type an email? Turn on the virtual keyboard.

Obviously, this kind of tech is years out from reaching our living rooms, but, as Patently Apple notes, Apple has been filing patents and causing ripples that point towards this as the future of consumer devices.

For an idea of how this could work, check out this concept video:

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  • Tomi

    One could only wish…

  • Dave Armstrong

    So, would they be licensing this technology from Microsoft, since it is essentially the Xbox 360 Kinect sensor, only on its side?
    You may not like the comparison, but this thing is patent litigation fertilizer.

  • EmmaMitch5611616524

    waaaw really amazing

    I just got a $829.99 iPåd2 for only $103.37 and my mom got a $1499.99 HDTV for only $251.92, they are both coming with USPS tomorrow. I would be an idiot to ever pay full retail prices at places like Walmart or Bestbuy. I sold a 37″ HDTV to my boss for $600 that I only paid $78.24 for.
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  • Trrosen

    1 Microsoft does not own the kinect technology.
    2 This has nothing in common with the kinect technology at all.

  • Cincotta_e

    the only thing I see problematic with this technology, is the misuse of it. I think that the whole aspect is sincerely incredible, but let’s just leave it up to Apple to make the best use of the technology.

  • Tmold16

    The funny thing is, is that the developers of Project Natal (now know as Kinect) was first offered to Apple before Microsoft XD

  • Johnny Owen

    I recall Bill Joy working on something similar to this when I worked at Sun in the early 90s

  • Joshua Simmons

    Hell Yes more patents for vague cookie cutter ideas.

    You shouldn’t be granted a patent for something until you ship it.

  • dannyvice

    Idiot, if you patent a product when it ships, the idea will already be stolen.  This is why you work at Burger King instead of Apple.

  • dannyvice

    You obviously don’t understand what this article tried to explain.  This technology has nothing in common with Kinect.