The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office has published a patent application from Apple, prompting speculations that future iOS and iMac devices might come with a 3D eye-tracking-based interface that could be used for gaming, digital photography and videography.
Patently Apple - The new features could work in conjunction with Apple’s current 3D head tracking and ambient light technologies. The solution would utilize a variety of sensors such as an accelerometer and compass in combination with eye-tracking technology to alter the perspective of 3D graphics displayed on an iPhone. The result would be a 3D experience that constantly adjusts to the user’s position and a device’s position, creating a unique experience far more advanced and precise than current solutions. The patent application was originally filed in the third quarter of 2010 and it is unclear if Apple is currently experimenting with the technology.
So far, 3D-ready smartphones include the HTC EVO 3D and the LG Optimus 3D. Rumors regarding the new and upcoming iPad lineup made no mention of such 3D features as of now.
Source: BGR via PatentlyApple