apple is developing an iphone that fires laser beams to map surroundings, patent reveals

by:Sinowon     2020-01-06
This is something that sounds like a James Bond movie.
The iPhone that launched the laser.
But Apple is working on a new laser.
Next-generation systems based on iPhone devices.
However, instead of walking through the handcuffs and walls like the devices designed for 007, Apple plans to use this to allow the phone to map the surrounding environment.
The laser will be installed inside the iPhone and used with the built-in motion sensor to generate a map of any surface it points. An iPhone-
The installed sensor can detect any light that bounces back to the device and provide information on the surface of the surrounding object.
This will allow the iPhone to measure the distance and create a 3D map of the room and even the building
Things that need heavy equipment at the moment.
A us patent application submitted by Apple disclosed the design of the iPhone laser.
It presents the prospect of connecting the next-generation iPhone to a 3D printer so that users can copy their favorite objects or important components.
Apple claims that the laser technology can be integrated into other handheld devices, such as ipad, laptop, and even be applied to wearable devices like the new Apple Watch.
Apple wrote in the patent: \"Traditional laser measuring devices only measure the distance of the device to a given surface.
These devices are unable to measure the distance between multiple points separated from the device, so users are required to place the device in a specific location that needs to be measured.
For example, in a furnished room, this can be difficult because there are item restrictions on all parts of the room.
In addition, these devices may be bulky devices that require batteries or battery packs and must be purchased and transported separately from other devices and electronic devices.
Therefore, it is desirable to be able to provide improved electronic devices with mapped circuits.
Apple recommends placing lasers and sensors inside the iPhone, giving it a dedicated opening in this case, allowing for laser emission and reception.
However, it says that the laser system can also be installed behind the camera, the display, and even inside the port of the headphone jack.
The laser system works by measuring the time the light reflects back to the sensor installed on the iPhone, allowing it to measure the distance from the object.
Therefore, it is desirable to be able to provide improved electronic devices with mapped circuits.
Apple recommends placing lasers and sensors inside the iPhone, giving it a dedicated opening in this case, allowing for laser emission and reception.
However, it says that the laser system can also be installed behind the camera, the display, and even inside the port of the headphone jack.
The laser system works by measuring the time the light reflects back to the sensor installed on the iPhone, allowing it to measure the distance from the object.
It can also establish a picture of the surface texture it points to by observing the amount of light scattered.
Similar systems have been used to make 3D maps of buildings, such as the parliament building in London, and the technology has been used by ancient biologists to make maps of dinosaur footprints.
However, in order to establish detailed images, these devices need to be installed in one place for several hours in a row.
Apple recommends allowing its users to do the same with their handheld phones by using lasers combined with data from GPS and iPhone motion sensors.
It says: \"For example, the user can stand in the room and align the beam generated by the laser sensor to the wall.
Users can collect laser sample data when pointing the laser to the first, second and third points on the wall.
Users can move devices freely between sampling points.
When the user moves the device, the positioning circuit monitors the location and direction of the device.
When the user collects laser sample data at the second and third sampling points, the positioning circuit can determine the relative position and direction of the device relative to the position and direction of the device during the first sampling point measurement, or relative to the beginning of the surveying and mapping business.
While this technology is useful for professionals such as architects, builders and even real estate agents, it can find a wider range of uses in the public.
For example, an instant size of an object can be provided to an online buyer.
Householders can use it to map their rooms and determine where new furniture might fit.
The technology can also help Apple build more detailed street views for its map app by uploading scans performed by users.
The system can also be used in conjunction with 3D printing, allowing users to make replicas of their favorite toys or important equipment.
However, this technology may lead to the fact that museums and other public places have to ban eager Apple fans from scanning everything in front of them.
According to the latest news from Apple\'s website, with the company filing more patents for its equipment, the full potential of laser technology will become clear.
It said: it is likely that Apple will expand the invention in the future in order to provide us with more insights, let\'s see how consumers can take advantage of this new laser system to cover everything on the device\'s iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch.
Although Apple is careful not to mention the word 3D, the nature of the measurements suggests that the data collected in a three-axis mode will create a 3D model.
This is definitely one of Apple\'s most interesting inventions this year.
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