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Friday
Jul102009

I Can't Help It -- More iPhone MacRumors

MacRumors is back at it. Today, they're reporting additional patent filings around object recognition and facial detection extensions, continuing to push forward some of these technologies that I've posted about recently. While these take time to come to fruition, I can't help being excited -- the possible adaptations of these ideas are endless. Let's take a look.

The object recognition capability in which an iPhone would be able to "detect an object via camera, RFID sensor or other means and have their device automatically identify and provide additional information on the object" looks to be potentially quite useful. In the patent background, Apple used the example of an art museum:
"...a user might take a photo of a piece of art and wish to have it automatically identified and additional information on it provided, or engage in an audio tour or podcast and wish to access additional content beyond that provided in the audio files."
Think of all the possible ways to leverage this technology -- other than trying to distinguish between two pieces of art, maybe you can use it to uncover the name of that actress in the recent blockbuster movie that you can't recall but swear looks familiar. Or perhaps you will be able to identify the name of a certain wallpaper color swatch -- and be able to access its brand, serial number and all retail locations withing a five mile radius. Well, both of those might be a bit far off -- not sure the iPhone camera can yet detect the subtle difference between eggshell and off-white or has facial recognition capabilities on par with those of 3VR, but you catch my drift. ZDNet also noted using the technology for price comparisons between retail products.

As far as facial detection developments, it seems that iPhone engineers are indirectly attempting to remedy the device's often woefully poor battery life. New patents look to "determine whether a user is passively interacting with the device" -- meaning not watching the TV show they've downloaded or listening to a song on iTunes -- and if so, turn on a screensaver of some type (similar to the setting on a normal laptop or desktop) to save energy. The iPhone would use its internal camera to detect a user's presence, and while the idea may be antiquated, bringing this technology to a mobile device will be welcomed with open arms.

Reader Comments (2)

>Doesn't RFID require the object being examined to emit Radio waves? If so, how can non electrical objects be recognized using RFID?
While on the topic of RFID, my friend was suggesting that bluetooth mice would be a better alternative to RFID mice? he says you wouldn't need a USB dongle if u were using a laptop that can detect bluetooth. He also said that bluetooth mice are much more accurate. Is that true? I'm not too sure since RFID mice have taken off and are the mainstream right now.

September 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterIrfan

Am I the only one who thinks he's hilarious?

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWyatt Tadgerson

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