Apple Patents 3D Camera Technology For iPhones

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March 30, 2012
3D Camera On IPhones In The Future?
By Shaylin Clark
Apple has filed a patent application for 3D camera technology that would fit inside an iOS device. The patent application was filed in September and published by the US Patent & Trademark Office yesterday. The abstract refers to "three-dimensional image senseing devices configured to capture an image including one or more objects.

The application, which can be read in full at the US Patent & Trademark Office, was first noticed by Patently Apple. The technology described in the patent employs a variety of sensors - not just a second camera lens - to add depth to recorded images. Such sensors include LIDAR (LIght Detection And Ranging), lasers, and RADAR (yes, really). The goal of including such sensors is to enable the camera to add depth detail to objects that cannot be obtained just by adding a second camera lens. Here are a couple images from the patent application showing how the technology could work:

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