3D Cameras for the iPhone?

3D has become popular over the last couple of years. We see more and more 3D movies and now 3D televisions. It only seems natural that Apple would want to have it’s hand in the mix. It looks like they hope to incorporate 3D camera capabilities on future iPhones. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office revealed a patent application from Apple this week. For 3D picture taking, titled “Systems and Methods for an Imaging System Using Multiple Image Sensors,” this system will capture, process and render 3D images with dual-camera hardware.

Apple states in the patent application:

“paradigm shift from the known software-based approaches.” It notes that current software must “guess” at how to perform stereo disparity compensation for 3D images.

Those guesses, Apple said, can result in images with artifacts in a composed 3D image that would result in a poor quality photo. Apple’s method would instead employ a hardware-based approach with a “deterministic calculation for stereo disparity compensation.”

This news brought by Apple Insider also points out that Nintendo has just completed 3D capabilities with a glasses free display for their new handheld console the 3DS. The technology is in place but since a patent has been filed they must have more up their sleeve than Nintendo has. We will see if this technology becomes in fact applied to future iPhones. 3D seems to be the next step in where technology is going but do we really need to take 3D pictures? Would consumers even use this feature? I’m not sure if we are quite ready for a product like this. Would this be a feature you would want to see on your next iPhone?

Written by Mary Ryan