Patent Shows Apple’s Interest in 3D Gesture Controls

By , Oct 28, 2011

Apple has spent the last several years revolutionizing the way we interact with our mobile gadgets. Sure, there were touchscreen devices before the iPhone. But none of them worked as well Apple’s handset. And the same can be said about Siri and voice control.

It appears that Apple isn’t going to settle for just touch and voice controls. A new patent application has surfaced that reveals that the Cupertino company is experimenting with non-touch gesture controls for its iOS devices. And here’s how it would work…

The USTPO published a patent application from Apple earlier this week entitled “Real Time Video Process Control Using Gestures.” The filing is related to remotely controlling and editing video recordings on a mobile device, but there’s much more.

Apple details a method of controlling on-screen actions with movements, similar to an Xbox Kinect. The process involves using a front-facing camera on a device to read non-touch hand gestures and even facial expressions, and then converting them into commands.

These non-touch gestures would certainly come in handy while recording video, as touching an iPhone during recording could cause the device to shake. But think about all of the other possibilities, like turning iBook pages on an iPad by doing a simple hand gesture.

Want to get even crazier? We’ve seen evidence that Apple is working on embedding pico projectors into its devices, now imagine the two features combined. You would have an almost Minority Report-like interface, controlling a projected interface with hand gestures. Cool.

Obviously, we’re still probably years from seeing any of this materialize in consumer products. But it’s cool to get a sneak peek inside Apple’s R&D (Research and Development) labs, and what they’re working on. It almost gives us a glimpse into the future.

[AppleInsider]

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  • DebTym

    look like a drawing done by my 5 year old sister.

    • Nut

      Patents dont mean interest. Big componeys just patent any patentable idea remotly related to thier products, that employies come up with.

      • Drock

        Componeys is spelled companies and employies is spelled employees.

  • Tyler

    However rumour mills get created over this, but then you have to put logical thought into the rumour it self and what I would conclude is that; If Apple is patenting it, they must have something in the tube surrounding it. Apple wouldn’t just buy one, it might not be exactly what they are thinking but if its along the lines then a company like that should. Because in the past they haven’t and look what Google did (Android)

  • Xepptizz

    Some indian guy has already done something with gestures and picoprojectoers. He has a working prototype and is seriously awesome. He has a video on TED.

    • rajesh

      his name is Pranav mistry…. search on youtube… he is really awsome…:)