The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 55 granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's granted patent titled "Three-Dimensional Mapping and Imaging." Apple inherited this particular invention from PrimeSense which is part of a larger family of inventions that will possibly allow future devices such as an iPhone, iPad, iMac and/or Apple TV to be controlled by advanced in-air gestures.
Apple's newly granted patent generally relates to mapping of an object in three dimensions, and specifically to combining such mapping and imaging functions.
Apple's patent FIG. 1 noted below provides us with a schematic, pictorial illustration of a system #20 for 3D mapping and imaging. In this example, an imaging assembly #22 is configured to capture and process 3D maps and images of an object #28 (in this case the hand of a user, who may also be the operator of the system). The maps and images may be used by a host computer or console (Apple TV perhaps) as part of a 3D user interface, presented on a display, which enables the user to interact by means of gestures with games and other applications running on the computer.
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