Apple considers using ML to make augmented reality more useful


A patent from Apple suggests the company is considering how machine learning can make augmented reality (AR) more useful. Most current AR applications are somewhat gimmicky, with barely a handful that have achieved any form of mass adoption. Apple's decision to introduce LiDAR in its recent devices has given AR a boost but it's clear that more needs to be done to make applications more useful. A newly filed patent suggests that Apple is exploring how machine learning can be used to automatically (or "automagically," the company would probably say) detect objects in AR. The first proposed use of the technology would be for Apple's own Measure app. Measure's previously dubious accuracy improved greatly after Apple introduced LiDAR but most people probably just grabbed an actual tape measure unless they were truly stuck without one available.

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