Patent for 3D audio system suggests that Apple could bring augmented reality to MacBook computers
Patent for new 3D audio system reveals that Apple makes augmented reality possible for MacBook computers
- Apple’s new audio patent can help improve the reality of the MacBook
- The system gives the illusion of sound that comes from different locations in a room
- It uses a type of noise reduction to achieve a type of 3D audio
- MacBooks can be combined with an iPhone to achieve the performance
A new patent suggests that Apple may extend its augmented reality plans to MacBook computers.
In a new patent filed by Clear Apple, the company outlines an audio system that can help integrate augmented reality into the MacBook.
According to 9to5Mac, the technology, called a virtual acoustic system, can be more than just an upgraded sound system and can be useful for AR applications and also non-AR games.
A patent discovered by Patently Apple suggests that Apple brings a kind of 3D audio to the MacBook – a move that could make augmented reality applications possible
Apple patiently writes:
‘A virtual acoustic system is a system that gives the user the illusion that sound comes from elsewhere in an indoor or outdoor area than directly from a loudspeaker (for example, a loudspeaker placed in a room, one built into a laptop, etc. ).
“Audio signal processing for virtual acoustics can significantly improve a movie, a sporting event, a video game or any other on-screen viewing experience, which adds to the feeling of” being there. “
As noted by 9to5Mac, the system uses some sort of noise cancellation by canceling something called “cross-talk.” By changing sides using the tool, Apple can make it sound like sound is coming from different parts of the room.
The new system would also use tricks similar to those in Apple’s smart speaker, the Homepod.
It would use microphones to process sound and then adjust the output based on the acoustics of the room.
Theoretically, this would allow the newly patented audio system to read the acoustics of a room and adjust the sound accordingly to cancel noise when needed.
Although MacBooks do not have a rear camera to enable augmented reality experiences, it is possible that the new system can be combined with an iPhone to make AR gaming or more possible.
Apple has been working on its own augmented reality glasses that could be released in 2020.
Reports suggest that the glasses enable users to do various things that are traditionally done on phones, such as reading text messages, maps, and more.