Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) was granted their request for another patent, an augmented reality system that allows users to tag real-world items for a live video stream and to display the information about them with a HUD overlay.


As Darrell Etherington from Tech Crunch described, “It sounds exactly like a Pop-Up video in practice: turn your device to focus on Rick Astley, for instance, and get a pop-up picture of the singer belting out “Never Gonna Give You Up.”

The particular patent is basically an AR system for iOS programs. It can be used for a variety of tasks like labeling elements on a single image in a live video, supply data for inaccuracies or other incorrect matches, or sharing information from user to device via various means. This patent could provide a whole new user experience and thereby enhancing the iPhone and iPad.

This system utilizes a collaboration aspect; a user can annotate or modify the information that’s presented on the view or sending it to another user’s device.  A device using this program allows the user to see the plain image as well as the image with the side note information. The latter is presented in a side-by-side format to ensure that both the image and text can be viewed without problems.

The patent which was dubbed No. 8, 400, 548 by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and is titled “Synchronized, interactive augmented reality displays for multifunction devices”.

Today, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) was granted a few other patents including a soft keyboard display, transparent touchscreens with conductive material resistors, and antenna design with oversized flex. In the last few weeks, many of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) patent wishes have been granted and this is good news for all. The more innovative features Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has on their products, the more tech consumers will have an interest in their products.