toggle

AAPL Stock: 105.22 ( + 0.39 )

Printed from http://www.macnn.com

Apple awarded patent for future iOS video stabilization

updated 11:30 pm EDT, Thu September 29, 2011

Utilizing accelerometer and gyroscope

Future iOS device users may enjoy greater video stabilization while they are shooting, according to a patent application uncovered by AppleInsider. The technique described by Apple in the patent is different than software-based video stabilizing technology found in products such as iMovie in that it also employs the gyroscope and accelerometer already built into most iOS devices to augment the software analysis, comparing the "noisy" data of an video to a pre-set threshold.

The application of this synced data (the video capture, the data from the gyroscope and accelerometer) would allow the stabilization process to be applied only where the variance exceeds the pre-set threshold, dramatically reducing the system resources required to run it. The technique could not only help avoid obvious shaking, but also help keep video level relative to the ground or surface the user is standing on.

The application for the technique was first files in April, but only published by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office today. The invention is credited to four employees from Apple's offices in the Cupertino area -- Yuxin Liu, Xiaojin Shi, Hsi-jung Wu and James Oliver Normile. As with many of Apple's patent applications, the possibility exists that the technology -- at least as described in the patent -- may not find its way into any future Apple products. [illustration via Patently Apple]











by MacNN Staff

POST TOOLS:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

MacNN Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Sound Blaster Roar Bluetooth speaker

There could very well be a new king of the hill for Bluetooth speakers, with Sound Blaster's recent entry into the marketplace. Bring ...

Kenu Airframe Plus

Simple, stylish and effective, the Kenu Airframe + portable car mount is the latest addition to Kenu's lineup. Released earlier this ...

Plantronics Rig Surround 7.1 headset

Trying to capture the true soundscape of video games can be a daunting task. Looking to surround-sound home theater options, users hav ...

toggle

Most Commented