Your Next iPhone May Emit Laser Light

Is a laser iPhone on the drawing board? (Image: Tyler/Flickr)
Is a laser iPhone on the drawing board? (Image: Tyler/Flickr)

A device that emits laser light sounds like something out of a James Bond movie. But British media report that Apple Inc. is developing a new laser light-based system it may adopt in future iPhones.

The British Daily Mail reported the iPhone will not be like a 007 laser device that can be used to cut off handcuffs, or cut a hole in a wall, but you will be able to use it to scan the surrounding environment and map it.

A laser device will be installed inside the iPhone, and together with the built-in motion sensors will be used to generate a map of any surface it’s pointed at.

The iPhone will be equipped with sensors to detect the reflected light, providing information about the surfaces of objects.

The iPhone will be able to measure the distance, and create 3D maps of rooms and even buildings, which currently requires very bulky equipment to accomplish.

US patent applications submitted by Apple reveal the iPhone laser designs.

This increases the likelihood that in the future, you will be able to connect your iPhone to a 3D printer. You could then copy your favorite object or an important component.

Apple laser technology could also be used with other handheld devices, for example iPads, laptops, or even a new Apple Watch or other wearable technology.

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