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Apple Patents 3D Camera For Upcoming iPhones

According to a new patent published by the United States Patent & Trademark Office and revealed to us by PatentlyApple, the creative minds from Cupertino have come up with yet another intriguing idea.

Apple's new patent is meant to integrate into future iOS devices 3D camera technology. The patent describes "a killer 3D imaging camera that will apply to both still photography and video," as PatentlyApple puts it.

The patent describes new depth-detection sensors such as LIDAR, RADAR and Laser which will be used to create 3D imagery by capturing stereo disparity maps. Other elements that work together to provide 3D images will be "chrominance and luminance Sensors for superior color accuracy."

To make the innovation even more intriguing, Apple's newly patented camera will feature not only face recognition capability but also gesture recognition. "Facial gestures may include, but are not limited to, smiling, grimacing, frowning, winking, and so on and so forth," says the report.

Apple's camera will be able to deliver such performance by detecting the orientation of facial muscles and correlating this data with various gestures.

The new Apple camera could also be used to scan objects and to create three dimensional models of objects by taking multiple photographs of the model or by filming the rotating model.

Source: PatentlyApple

Radu has been working as a freelance writer for more than five years and has been blogging around since 2004. He is interested in anything Apple as well as gaming and mobile applications.