Apple Patent Suggests An Apple-Branded 3D TV Set?

Posted: Dec 2 2010, 10:22am CST | by , in News | Apple

 
Apple Patent Suggests An Apple-Branded 3D TV Set?
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This is something from Back to the Future

Apple once used to only make computers. Then it started making music players, then phones, then "multimedia tablets." Could a TV set be in its future? Possibly. At least that's what a newly awarded Apple patent could lead someone to believe.

The patent, US patent 7,843,449, is for a "3D display system" that doesn't require the use of special 3D glasses.

Of course, non-glasses 3D technology has existed for a while and is actually coming to TV sets in Japan this year, but Apple is looking for something a bit different.

The special display system in Apple's patent would actually be aware of who is looking at it. It could track the viewer's eyes, and then present 3D visuals on the screen in such a way that different images hit each eye independently.

It sounds like some sort of futuristic mumbo jumo but it actually is viable, according to Apple. The company even has special charts and graphs and everything.

So it's clear Apple is thinking about deploying this SOMEWHERE, but the question is where exactly it will do so. Perhaps it's thinking of some sort of crazy 3D iPad or iPhone. But the patent mentions something about being able to recognize multiple viewers/multiple sets of eyes. So it makes us think Apple may have designs on something bigger, like perhaps an actual TV.

That's a market Apple has never dug into before, and it's one where new competitors generally aren't welcome. But if it can bring something completely new and exciting to the table, which it usually does, it might stand a chance.

Via Patently Apple

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/6" rel="author">Mark Raby</a>
Based in New York City, Mark follows the consumer electronics industry like a hawk. A published book author, he has a particular affinity for 3D technology and video games, and as such will surely be in the market for a new pair of glasses soon. Mark can be contacted directly at mark@i4u.com.

 

 

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