Apple wants Mac, iPad users to be able to draw objects and place them in virtual environment

FIG. 4A illustrates a first computer-generated graphical presentation scenario.

Apple has been granted a patent (number 11527049) for a “method and device for sketch-based placement of virtual objects.” It involves Mac and iPad users being able to draw objects and include theme in computer-generated environments.

About the patent

The patent relates to computer graphics, and in particular, to systems, methods, and devices for sketch-based placement of computer-generated graphical objects. In some instances, a user may populate their computer-generated room by selecting virtual objects from a pre-existing library. 

However, Apple this limits the customizability of the computer-generated room. The tech giant wants Mac and iPad users to be able to create augmented reality/virtual reality scenes, then be able to sketch objects to place in such scenes.

Summary of the patent

Here’s Apple’s abstract of the patent: “In some implementations, a method of sketch-based placement of computer-generated graphical objects is performed at a device including one or more cameras and non-transitory memory coupled to one or more processors. The method includes obtaining an input directed to a content creation interface (e.g., a sketchpad), wherein the input corresponds to a sketch of a candidate object, and wherein the content creation interface facilitates creation of computer-generated graphical objects presentable using the device. 

“The method also includes: obtaining a three-dimensional (3D) model using the input that corresponds to the sketch of the candidate object; generating a computer-generated graphical object using the obtained 3D model; and causing presentation of the computer-generated graphical object together with imagery obtained using the one or more cameras of the device.”

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.