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Apple Files 3D Display Patent

Three-dimensional displays have their issues, such as deteriorating effects when the viewing angle increases, on top of a silly shutter glasses requirement. Apple's 3D approach will not be a trick on your eyes, but an actual physical effect that is delivered via three individual displays that are stacked on top of each other.

A recently published patent filing reveals that Apple envisions two transparent OLEDs as well as a background LCD to be used for a 3D display that can deliver limited depth by separating content. At least one processor will be used to control the separation and the interaction of content, while the patent describes a scenario in which one GPU is controlling all displays and another in which individual GPUs are tied to individual displays.

The desired effect is more depth to elements on a screen. Apple notes that such 3D display devices can include everything from desktop displays to portable devices, which we imagine could also include the iPad. This thought is especially interesting since we have heard a wave of rumors that the next iPad could integrate a 3D display. With this patent application we think a 3D iPad is entirely possible, especially since this patent was filed already back in January of 2010.

  • Khimera2000
    But its apple, if the technology works great... nice, but where still dealing with a closed system, just like betamax, and mini disk.
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  • A patent on the specific use of others' patents. Brilliant innovation!
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  • dgingeri
    hey, I came up with that idea years ago. How is it Apple can patent that?
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  • alidan
    this is a REALLY s***y way to do 3d

    there is only one thing that this would work great with though, menus, and games. but not the 3d part of games, the menus and overlays. it would give them some depth and the would look over all a bit nicer. other than that... this is a capitalistic system with only 3 levels (as they say) of depth and the depth wont look as good as any of the current options, even the 3ds would have better 3d.
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  • idono
    alidanthis is a REALLY s***y way to do 3dthere is only one thing that this would work great with though, menus, and games. but not the 3d part of games, the menus and overlays. it would give them some depth and the would look over all a bit nicer. other than that... this is a capitalistic system with only 3 levels (as they say) of depth and the depth wont look as good as any of the current options, even the 3ds would have better 3d.

    Dont forget that this is apple. People will buy it even though it's shit and not something they need.
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  • nitrium
    I don't understand how Apple can patent an idea that was already invented NINE years ago, and has commercial screens available. http://www.puredepth.com/
    I guess if you are in the Reaity Distortion Field this idea will somehow still seem to be new and original.
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  • ap3x
    Khimera2000But its apple, if the technology works great... nice, but where still dealing with a closed system, just like betamax, and mini disk.
    What the hell does a closed system have to do with a 3D display without having glasses being cool. Last I checked, that closed system provides a more consistent development environment allowing for more innovative applications to be supported on the platform without having to worry about dealing with many variations in the hardware or the middle ware. There are plenty advantages to it which is why Google is even looking at starting to close their system up a bit more.
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  • jackbling
    You aren't getting popout without tricking the brain.

    Personally i dont mind wearing the nvidia glasses, helps with immersion (lols at g35 headset plus nvidia glasses); I would wear a full body suit and flight helmet if it improved my gaming experience.

    I also worry about people that worry about looking silly wearing 3d glasses in their own home...

    All that being said, parallax tech has come along fairly well; my evo 3d has excellent 3d, and is viewable from various angles with the only adverse effect being reduced 3d depth.

    Were i apple, i would drop this silly idea and focus on parallax, that is where the fashion conscious 3d content consumer is going to spend their dollars. OLED is pricey enough without making a 3 layer display.

    Currently you can find a nice 120hz 3d dlp projector for 4-600 dollars (no ghosting with dlp, lol just try to get a 7 color, color wheel if you have fast eyes)
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  • back_by_demand
    Is it just me or is it highly ironic that Apple are patenting a method for fooling the brain?
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  • jrharbort
    Apple: If at first we don't succeed, troll harder.
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