Apple’s augmented environments

Apple patents augmented reality mapping system for iPhone

As published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Apple’s U.S. Patent No. 9,488,488 for “Augmented reality maps” describes a mapping app capable of tapping into iPhone’s advanced sensor suite to present users with real-time augmented views of their surrounding environment. In some embodiments, digital information like street names, points of interest and more are overlaid on top of live video pulled from a device’s camera. Other variations include complex functions like GPS-based navigation. For example, a user might open activate iPhone’s rear-facing camera by navigating to an AR feature within the Maps app. ….[READ]