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Apple Patents Granted For 3D Mapping Hardware

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Three More Apple Patents Granted

The Cupertino-based company is known for its innovation and investment in new technology. Therefore it’s recent development won’t come as a surprise. Apple regularly patents various technology critical for its products. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday informed the company with three Apple patents granted. The patents include laser-based positional and 3D mapping hardware, a keyboard with mechanical switches and capacitive touch sensitive keys. It also includes an optical interconnect technology. The total number of patents that were granted to Apple, Inc. sum up to almost 48. That might seem like a lot but for a tech giant like Apple, it’s nothing.

3D Mapping Hardware

U.S. Patent No. 9,456,307 for an “Electronic device with mapping circuitry” describes a portable system. In it, the data from a laser sensor and positioning circuitry—GPS, accelerometer and gyroscopic sensors—is combined to create an accurate depth map of the user’s surroundings.

Experts believe that most of this may be for the tech giant’s great interest in AR. Moreover, copyrighting 3D mapping hardware is a proof of that. Tim Cook has time and time again stated that the company is more interested in AR than VR.

Augmented Reality VS Virtual Reality

Tim Cook CEO Apple Inc, told the ABC TV host that AR “gives the capability for both of us to sit and be very present, talking to each other, but also have other things — visually — for both of us to see. Maybe it’s something we’re talking about, maybe it’s someone else here who’s not here present but who can be made to appear to be present. There’s a lot of really cool things there.”

Apple devices could be controlled using gaze tracking or point gestures.  The claim is a newly-published patent, describing Apple’s investigations into 3D depth-mapping technology. Whatever the case may be, as long as companies invest in technology it’s a win-win situation for mankind.

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