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The find of the patent demonstrates an idea that Apple has come up with: depth-detection sensors for 3D imaging in photos. One sensor would utilize capturing a polarized image, a second sensor for non-polarized images and a third for capturing a second non-polarized image — along with one processing module to distinguish depth information for one or several objects utilizing at least the first non-polarized image and the second non-polarized image. The module could further work to combine the polarized image, first and second non-polarized image and composite all three to produce a 3D image.

“In one embodiment, the first imaging device may be a Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) sensor. The LIDAR sensor may emit laser pulses that are reflected off of the surfaces of objects in the image and detect the reflected signal. The LIDAR sensor may then calculate the distance of an object from the sensor by measuring the time delay between transmission of a laser pulse and the detection of the reflected signal.” Patently Apple explained on its blog.

The idea behind such fascinating technology will push the iPad and iPhone another leap forward, making it harder to compete against. The technology is not that far from reach, though perfecting it might still be far from the hands of consumers. Apple is quick to file patents on future technology — whether that technology is readily available or not. For Apple, it is simply placing money away in a bank and allowing it to collect interest until the time comes to pull it out.

via Patently Apple

 


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