Apple wins 5D television patent

Ashleigh Allsopp
26 July, 2012
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Apple was granted a television related patent that covers 5D technology, interactive gaming, video conferencing, advanced tactile feedback technology and virtual reality gloves on Wednesday.

The US Patent and Trademark Office published the patent described by Patently Apple  as “wild”, “crazy” and “extraordinary”. The patent was acquired by Apple from inventor Timothy Pryor and “is a sweeping patent covering the widest range of applications that I’ve ever seen,” Patently Apple said.

In a method similar to that found in the Kinect or Wii, Apple has covered sensors that could be used to determine human or object position in its patent. These sensors could be built into a television set to allow human interaction and are not limited to one object or just the overall location of an object, but could be expanded to detect gestures and movements. This indicates that Apple may include interactive gaming in its television set and may eliminate the need for a remote control.

To add even more virtual control, the user may use “data gloves” that can provide the computer with finger and joint positions. This can enable the human to rotate objects shown on a screen by using gestures.

Apple also mentions the possibility of pressure detecting touch screen technology and the ability for a car owner, for example, to start his or her vehicle using a “taught signature”.

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