Apple patents potential mixed reality finger controls
A new patent from Apple suggests the company may be trying to put the digit back in digital with a finger control for virtual and augmented reality.
As reported by Patently Apple, the newest patent was filed on 26 April 2019, though only published on 23 January 2020. It builds on three similar patents from Apple previously published by the US Patent & Trademark Office in 2019, and may be intended for use in an as-yet unreleased mixed reality headset like Microsoft’s HoloLens.
Sensors similar in scale to plasters are said to be able to transmit “haptic” outputs to the fingers they are attached to, allowing the user to ‘feel’ and manipulate virtual objects.
Similarly, the device could also be used to represent real objects in a virtual space, with the patent’s abstract reading: “A touch sensor may be mounted in a finger device housing to gather input from an external object as the object moves along an exterior surface of the housing.”
While the patent does refer to VR as a possible use, it pushes the so-called “mixed reality” angle also favoured by Microsoft where the real and digital worlds collide, something which has implications for both the future of work and play. A line from the document, for instance, reads: “interactions with a real-world object and the virtual content overlaid on the real-world object may be used as input for controlling the operation of a mixed reality system or other electronic equipment.”
A patent application for a curved iMac has also popped up, signifying Apple’s interest in the trend for new form factors being explored by technology manufacturers globally. Whether it’s Samsung’s Galaxy Fold phone, which folds shut, or Microsoft’s tall, boxy, PC-like Xbox Series X, companies have stolen a march on the innovation associated with Apple and the designs of former Chief Design Officer Jony Ive, who left his role last year. Apple’s 2019 Mac Pro, a throwback to an earlier design, was compared to a cheese grater thanks to its unusual vents.
Searching for the Top 100 Leaders in Technology
The search is on for the Top 100 Leaders in Technology 2021 – nominated by readers of Technology magazine and open to all.
The initiative has been launched and nominations are now open, with the final, prestigious Top 100 due to be announced during Technology and AI LIVE running 14-16 September, beamed from London to the world.
This latest, definitive list of the leading executives and influencers in the industry will be announced at the event and shared across social media channels, this website, and presented in a special supplement that honours all of those named in our annual list.
The Top 100 Leaders follows on from the well-received Top 100 Women in Technology that BizClik Media Group (BMG) – publishers of Technology magazine, AI magazine and a growing portfolio of industry-leading titles – produced in March this year to coincide with International Women’s Day.
“The Top 100 Women recognised the incredible and influential women driving our industry,” says Scott Birch, editorial director, BMG. “The success of that initiative encouraged us to recognise the Top 100 Leaders – individuals championing everything that we love about technology and embracing best practice that’s good for business.”
Nominations are already coming in, with some notable highlights including:
Rhonda Vetere - Herbalife
Bryan Smith - Expedient
Nominate your Top 100 Leader HERE
The deadline for nominations closes on Sunday 1 August 2021, and it is free to nominate. The Top 100 Leaders will be announced across our platforms and at the LIVE event.