Today, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple regarding the use of a number of cameras for a future headset and smartphone, such as infrared cameras, electro-optical cameras that capture visible light, depth cameras, flight time. cameras, RGB depth cameras, light field cameras, microscopes, X-ray imaging systems and magnetic resonance imaging systems. The cameras will use computer vision algorithms that use thermal imagery to perform specific tasks related to navigation, object recognition, 3D reconstruction, camera estimation and Augmented Reality applications, to name a few.
The patent can only be valued by machine teachers and computer vision technicians. The patent notes that “Distinctive pull points are usually calculated in frameworks for the description of data syndication. Common pivot points include SIFT, SURF, BRISK, FREAK, Harris Corners, FAST etc.”
Second, Apple’s patent application 20200279121 was acquired through the acquisition of the German company Metaio. There are only two inventors listed, and both are from Metaio, one of whom is Daniel Kurz, who is now with Apple as Senior Engineering Manager (Computer Vision, Machine Learning).
One of Metaio’s major inventions that Apple acquired is related to “Thermal Touch”, which is a vision of the near future for the user interface for portable computing. By merging information from an infrared and standard camera, almost any surface can be transformed into a touch screen.
At the end of the day, it’s hard to determine that it’s a foreign patent – beyond the fact that the patent is about the possible use of next – generation cameras to try to guess which part of this patent Apple may actually use in future products. Apple devices.
Beyond that, if you happen to be a computer viewer, machine learning engineer, it may be of interest to review this patent. The patent dates back to 2014, the year before Apple bought Metaio.