Apple Patent Hints at iPhone’s Hideous 3D Future

By Brian Barrett, Mar 30, 2012 8:40 AM

We’re getting to the point where 3D is about as likely as Dippin’ Dots to be the future. And for all of its clumsy, forced iterations, there’s maybe nowhere that third dimension has been less successful than in phones. This recently discovered Apple patent indicates that Cupertino’s either going to cure all our 3D headaches with a better system, or taint one of our favorite gadgets with its crushing pointlessness.

The patent, unearthed by Patently Apple, applies to both still and video shots, and would hypothetically vastly improve on the 3D imaging used by smartphones today. Apple’s solution involves using microlenses to better handle polarized light, and multiple sensors for better depth perception:

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. Other embodiments may utilize other types of depth-detection techniques, such as infrared reflection, RADAR, laser detection and ranging, and the like.

It’s a comprehensive patent that runs through several means to the 3D end, and more than a few applications (such as facial recognition).

But more importantly, it doesn’t mean that the iPhone 3D is anywhere in our immediate—or distant—future. Patents are often filed defensively, in case a company at some point might want to explore a technology. And more and more frequently, they’re used offensively, to beat down competitors with similar specs. This is one case in which I hope it’s the latter: A sword to beat down an army of terrible 3D handsets, rather than a shield to protect them. [Patently Apple]


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Photoshop work on one of my son Haleem pics

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Google Fiber

Google Fiber is a project to build an experimental broadband internet network infrastructure using fiber-optic communication in Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri, following a selection process. Over 1,100 communities applied to be the first recipient of the technology. Google announced on March 30, 2011 that Kansas City, Kansas will be the first community where the experimental network would be deployed. On May 17, 2011, Google announced that the service would be expanded to include the Kansas City, Missouri metro area. The service is expected to be functional in early 2012. From wiki

Now you can get it too, simple just check out the screen shot I took. I am so Excited can’t wait for my set to come in the mail. I believe it’s 1 g bites a months. Have fun


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Bill Mullins' Weblog - Tech Thoughts

imageI’m a speed sensitive kind of guy – when it comes to computing, that is. Late last year, to satisfy my need for speed, I installed a Solid State Drive – running Windows 7 Enterprise – in place of a Western Digital HDD, as a boot drive.

The benefits of running with an SSD were immediately noticeable – faster boot times, faster system shutdown, faster application load times (including games), along with faster sleep and hibernation modes.

In the meantime, Windows 8 Consumer Preview was dropped on my doorstep – and, since there is some degree of SSD optimization built into Windows 8, taking the opportunity to race with this new engine was a natural fit.

It’s been quite a race – Windows 8 is perceptibly faster on my hardware than on the same configuration running Windows 7. Not milliseconds faster – but, measurable faster. Still, there’s little real value…

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Tiger dog

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Is it a dog or a tiger?

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Funny license plate

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My friend Ken posted this on his Facebook account really worth sharing. image