It’s only a matter of time now before we each have our own Holographic Tupac projected in 3D out of our iPhones. Right? Okay, it might be a while before the late rapper becomes my own 3D virtual assistant, but Apple has indirectly revealed that it is working on something related to 3D technology.
In a job posting for an iOS Software Engineer (hat tip 9to5 Mac), the company wrote that it is looking for a “Computer Vision specialist to strengthen its multi-view stereo research group.” The person must have experience dealing with 3D geometry, multiview stereo and 3D construction, mesh texturing techniques, and cameras and surfaces in a 3D environment, among other things.
It has been years since we last wrote about Apple job listings, mostly because they are relatively benign and tend to involve technologies that we won’t have in our hands for years to come. This one, however, piqued our interest because of the obvious interest in 3D technology; Apple doesn’t currently offer any products that make clear use of 3D, especially involving iOS. Several Android products have begun to dabble in 3D, however, such as the G-Slate with 3D, HTC Evo 3D, and the LG Optimus 3D. As such, it’s not a reach that Apple is working on its own 3D implementation, but what the end result will be is anyone’s guess at this point.
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3D technology coming to an iPhone near you—but to what end?