Apple Patent Turns Your iPhone Into a Window to a 3D World

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Apple's been looking at Kinect-like 3D gestures for a while now, and now it's filed for a new 3D GUI patent that would make using an iPhone or iPad a lot like a cross between a stripped-down little Kinect and a window into a parallel world.

The patent lays out an interface that would use proximity sensors to let a user control a "camera view" that would shift around a 3D environment as the mobile device is rotated or moved. Imagine a viewfinder in the middle of a cube, with apps and videos on the walls. The interface itself would be controlled by gestures made above the screen. That seems a bit unwieldy, but being that it's just a patent application, who knows if this ever sees the light of day. [Patently Apple]

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So basically, Apple AGAIN patented something that someone already created and posted on Youtube or TED.

This exact feature is a viral video that was online about 3 years ago. An Asian dude used a Wii lightbar and a baseball cap to create face-detection. When the person's face moves, the view on the screen shifts to give the user the appearance of a 3D window.