Apple granted patent for ‘populating a graphical environment’

Apple has been granted a patent (US 11593995) for “populating a graphical environment.” It involves adding objects to virtual reality scenes that can be viewed on iPhones, iPads, Macs, and the rumored “RealityPro” AR/VR headset.

About the patent

In the patent Apple notes that some devices are capable of generating and presenting graphical environments that include many objects. These objects may mimic real world objects. 

These environments may be presented on various computing devices. Apple wants to make it easy for users to add, remove, and manipulate virtual objects in such environments.

Summary of the patent

Here’s Apple’s abstract of the patent: “Various implementations disclosed herein include devices, systems, and methods for generating variations of an object. In various implementations, a device includes a display, a non-transitory memory and one or more processors coupled with the display and the non-transitory memory. In some implementations, a method includes obtaining a request to populate an environment with variations of an object characterized by at least one visual property. 

“In some implementations, the method includes generating the variations of the object by assigning corresponding values for the at least one visual property based on one or more distribution criterion. In some implementations, the method includes displaying the variations of the object in the setting in order to satisfy a presentation criterion.”

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.