Apple patents on light field camera and touch ID Extensions




About Apple patents and one does not read a lot of positive in general. But do not worry, this time it is not about any disputes with the competition, but things that may in future find their way into Apple devices. A Monster Godfather description with over 600 pages treated Touch ID, but also a Lytro-style camera patent is treated.


Steve Jobs wanted his time inventing new three areas. Television, textbooks and photography. While this has been so halfway worked with the textbooks, we are still waiting for the years speculated Apple TV and also in terms of photography, has not done too much. That could change, however, should be that described in the patent system are used.


Disclosed is a light field camera that creates images in either low-resolution images that you can focus in retrospect, or provides high-resolution images with fixed focus. Steve Jobs already showed great interest in Lytro in 2011, well known, offer such a light field camera .

A 612-page patent application from Apple itself employs Touch ID and possible usage scenarios. The vile unlock equipment and the payment of apps, as it is today possible with this technology could be greatly expanded. Multi-user support, mobile payments and navigation menus are roughly the things that are in the foreground.

The home button as a mini trackpad is a part of the specification. So it would be possible through certain gestures on a device home button perform different actions. So you could, for example, by a short wiping from the bottom up the multitasking menu called while you change by swiping left and right then the apps.

Another scenario describes the use of the fingerprint scanner for multiple users, then the access to certain apps (or not) receive. A guest mode is described, which then also allows access only to selected Apps.

Also interesting is the description of a mobile payment system. Location-based and with authorization by fingerprint. Many see about NFC as the means to an end, when it comes to mobile payments, this approach seems Apple did not pursue. Here also Apple iBeacon localization would fit well into the picture. We checked into a store and then pay by fingerprint.


A fingerprint scan on the display can also imagine Apple. So each finger can be individually recognized and can be used for example to learn to play the piano or the 10-finger typing system.

Whether and how these patents are used, no one can say. Companies such as Apple often patented the most absurd things, just to secure the patent. But a bet is not far from guaranteed this.
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