Apple’s new patent signals that the most important feature of the next iPhone will be an “invisible” feature.
One of the most important features of the next iPhone may be “invisible”. In a new patent, Apple details the unprecedented signs that any Apple AR glasses to be offered will allow it to better interact with the smartphone.
Patently, patent number 10,969,600, as noticed by Apple, describes how AR glasses can have difficulty identifying a smartphone in their field of view and resolving their differences with other screens such as laptops or TV screens. This may also make it difficult for the two devices to interact with each other by not revealing ar information that should be triggered by the screen.
According to the patent, the solution lies in visual markings containing “fictitious reflective codes” that will potentially be placed on the phone (or Apple Watch or any other accessory). These markings will use materials that reflect back light that can be identified by glasses but almost invisible to users, glowing materials and thin layers of film intervention filter. These signs will then give AR glasses information about real-world shape, orientation, size and location.
The patent above shows a device with these markings on its edges, giving an idea of how these markings can align the digital commands of an AR header with an object such as a smartphone or tablet.
It’s easy to see how Apple thinks empowered reality ideas will work on different devices. Apple always prefers to create an ecosystem where having (and purchasing) multiple Apple devices adds more functionality to others.
Although it is not mentioned in the patent, another important point is that these materials can be used on other objects. Although Apple’s AR image recognition and location database will help to retrieve information for the AR glasses user, these markings can be used to identify important locations where image recognition and location data are not ready.
Although there has been rumors about Apple AR glasses for years, now, in the end, we are increasingly likely to see the official introduction of these glasses. In fact, the invitation to WWDC 2021 seemed to indicate the presence of these glasses, so it may be useful to be ready for the emergence of features in the near future.