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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Apple Map Patent Application Taps Layers and Views

The patent office published an Apple patent application today.

Apple's "Interactive Map" patent filing details a mapping program that enables users to dynamically adjust and view different "layers" of content pulled from the Internet. Examples include commuting, tourism and weather map layers, among others. ...

Apple's interactive map patent application was first filed for in 2012 and credits Christopher Blumenberg Jaron I. Waldman, Marcel van Os and Richard J. Williamson as its inventors.

Abstract:

An interactive capability enables a user to dynamically adjust the content of an electronic map. Different modes can be chosen to emphasize features relevant to a particular interest, e.g. commuting, tourism, weather, etc. Combinations of modes can be selected to create a customized map. When a search is conducted, the chosen mode functions as a filter for the retrieved results. The map responds to user input directed to a given feature, to display information relevant to that feature. Tapping or clicking on a highway displays the locations of services along the highway, Touching two points on the map causes available routes between them to be computed and displayed to the user, along with relevant data for each route. Geospatial applications can be integrated with the map to provide information pertaining to the area displayed on the map, and to refine search results to those that are relevant to the area.

Among the not so new to us GIS folks ideas:
  • linking a query to existing layers of interest
  • creating a route by touching two points
  • access to real time data about a point of interest

- Apple Insider

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/19 at 06:15 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

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