Hyper-Reality 3D Displays and Dynamic Music and Video for Better iPhone Battery Life -- Apple Patent Watch

Tis the season for Apple patents, with both hyper-reality 3D displays, and a system for making dynamically better battery life on the iPhone and iPod.

First up, the hyper-reality 3D display -- perfectly timed for the Avatar hype as well, we'll note -- involves changing the perspective of 3D object on the display to match the tracked head position of the user. As MacRumors points out, this sounds similar to what Johnny Chung Lee has previously demonstrated with a Wiimote.

Next up, Apple wants to track user preferences for volume and other settings and automagically apply them, and de-emphasize or skip songs the user seldom listens to. MacRumors also points out a second patent which would also alert users when there's not enough battery life left to play the movie they've just selected and offer to downgrade the video quality and/or reduce the brightness levels to try and get the whole thing in anyway.

As always, no one outside Steve Jobs knows if we humble consumers will ever see products using these patents, but it's nice to glimpse one of our possible infinite (loop) futures.

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Rene Ritchie

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Hyper-Reality 3D Displays and Dynamic Music and Video for Better iPhone Battery Life -- Apple Patent Watch


That video was pretty sweet. I can see the future of that using a camera and facial recognition to do the same thing. They're working on a 3D TVs using prisms or something to spread the same 3D picture out to more than one viewer. Now I really can't wait for the next generation of TV!

Cool vid, imagine the head track with wiimote and balance board all in one game. Immersive.
The battery management sounds good, I hope they can work out a way to use wifi and 3g without draining the battery so quickly.