As we seemingly wait for Apple to yet again revolutionise the way our world works in the upcoming Apple iPad 3 model, it seems that a long gone patent gives us glimpses into the crazy world of the Apple designers and engineers. To the point where your new iPad will respond to 3D gestures from [...]
As we seemingly wait for Apple to yet again revolutionise the way our world works in the upcoming Apple iPad 3 model, it seems that a long gone patent gives us glimpses into the crazy world of the Apple designers and engineers. To the point where your new iPad will respond to 3D gestures from across the table, from a swipe of your hand to a complete 360. Astonishing we know, but if anyone can do it, its got to be Apple.
The recemt Apple patent released enables the user to manipulate, change and control graphical elements on their iPad display, ranging from images, icons and also media files. Allowing the user to move, change or delete as they like. In terms of the gestures, these will be limited, or wont they? But to our knowledge there will be some constraints meaning that they will be in geometric shapes which the iPad recognises, and corresponds to a certain response, symbols, patterns or even basic numbers and letters.
As we delve deeper into the complex patent the Apple has outlined to ensure companies do not copy their ideas, an interesting aspect is that the patent shows video editing and annotating ie putting in text, cutting and mixing, all through an invisible, yet existant, gesture based toolbar. This would range from beginners to advanced users, providing pre-set options, but also the ability for the user to add any extras on, and fully customise their iPad gesture tool.
However, this is not the first time a like patent has been discovered. We have also unearthed a patent which goes hand in hand with Apples 3D venture. Outlining a possible integrated projector for their iPad models, which will come integrated with the above mentioned gesture patterns, allowing the user to manipulate which ever image is projected, and change what is visible on screen to them.
This new patent that has been unerathed is more gesture related, going indepth in the way Apple wants these gesture patterns, and the overall gesture language to work, either on screen or a distance away from the iPad itself. Furthermore, detailing the fact that these gestures will enable the user to manipulate text, videos and even music, providing the usual touchscreen experience, without the touch. Although a voice related, and also a combination of voice, Siri, and gesture language is not incorporated.
Naturally, we expect the projector to be installed in the iPads front camera, with the more recent iPad 2 model, and the new iPad 3 model is expected to have a front camera too. Therefore, its possible, for Apple to find a way of integrating this feature, possibly on a lower level, for the iPad 2, in a new iOS, to allow older iPad users to use the feature. Although, the free iPad 3 projector, well we expect it to be free if included on the iPad 3, will have a stronger and better response to this patent if it were put into play, due to the processor.
As mentioned, thats where the hiccup for older devices, such as the iPad 2, may stop it from allowing the user to experience this new gesture language. With reports that there simply wont be enough processing power to handle the gesture workload, and interpret it. This is because the patent highlights many gesture patterns, from facial recognition to selection and hand gestures, with the ability to transfer items from your iPhone to your iPad.