Apple Acquires A Patent Related To 3D Gesture Control Tech
the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted Apple a new patent for “Learning-based estimation of hand and finger pose.” The patent describes a Kinetic-style tech capable of recognizing and remembering users’ hand movements by applying specialized learning algorithms.
According to Apple Insider, the optical 3D mapping system technology seems promising for over all accuracy in recognition of the “hand and finger pose.” It can even pinpoint the specific parts of hand which are not apparent on the camera.
Apple’s patented technology is likely to revolutionize the 3D mapping hardware devices by enhancing their capabilities. The technology is being expected to relieve users fears of gesture interaction and eventually make its use more frequent. Using the 3D imaging hardware, it is possible to expand control schemes.
As it has been rumored, Apple can introduce this technology for Apple TV, among other possible applications. Which means that time is not very far when people will be using their hand signals to control devices. Apple has already ameliorated touch-based input with iPhone’s interactive model.
Apple acquired PrimeSense in 2013, which in a way increases the significance of recent patent as the company deals in motion sensing and 3D scanning hardware and middle-ware. Before Apple’s acquisition, PrimeSense had empowered Xbox 360’s original Kinect sensor that allows game players control their machine with movements of their hand and body.
Since Apple has already transferred all patents originally belonged to PrimeSense to itself, the new patented technology will surely come as a blessing for Apple’s endeavors to improve gesture recognition tech.