Apple AR Glasses Patent Application Reveals 3D Document Editor

A continuation patent application for Apple AR Glasses has revealed that Apple VR Headset could be capable of viewing and editing documents in 3D.

Apple AR Glasses Patent Application Reveals 3D Document Editor

Apple AR Glasses patent application has recently been updated to include a 3D document manipulation capability.

Rumours have been circulating about the Apple VR Headset, patents for which have recently been edited.

Rumours of Apple AR Glasses have been a mainstay of VR Final for as long as we've been reporting, with a string of patent applications fuelling rumours of an Apple VR Headset on the horizon heating up considerably in recent weeks.

Oh yeah, and then there was the Apple VR Glove. I'm still extremely excited for that one.

It's worth noting that this is not a new Apple VR Headset patent, rather a continuation patent application with which Apple want to extend legal protection to new methods or technologies.

This is a patent that has been updated (and then, in turn, cancelled) some 20 times.

The Apple AR VR Glasses/Headset patent application has recently been updated with a concept for 3D document editing technology.
The Apple AR VR Headset patent application has recently been updated with a concept for 3D document editing technology. (Credit: Apple)

As we can see from the image above, the illustration (Figure 10) demonstrates the 3D document editing system in action. The keypad would still be used for input, aided n this task by a sensing area located below it, but the document and keyboard would be presented at the same depth.

The 3D projection would itself be dynamic, with certain panels being presented in front of the document and other peeking out from behind it. In the body of the patent application, this is described as the ability to "add 3D effects to at least the portion of the document based at least in part on the one or more rules."

Here are the full specifications included in the recent patent update. For more information on this specific patent application advancement, or details about how this 3D document editing method would work in practice, it's worth checking out the diligent reporting over at the Patently Apple blog.

A system, comprising: an input device configured to receive text input from a user; and an electronic device configured to: display a document including text in a 3D virtual space for viewing by the user; receive the text input from the user via the input device; apply one or more rules to the text input to detect a particular type of text input as specified by the one or more rules; and move at least a portion of the document that includes the text input forward or backward on the Z axis relative to the document in the 3D virtual space based at least in part on the particular type of text input.