Apple seeks patents for camera gesture techniques

Illustration accompanying Apple’s application shows how a user would interact with the camera via touch gesture.

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Apple has filed a handful of patent applications that suggest future iterations of the iPhone and iPad will have dramatically improved camera features.

The seven patent filings — filed on Thursday and first discovered by Patently Apple — describe gesture techniques and technology for preventing red eye in images.

The abstract for patent application No. 20120242852 outlines mapping user interactions to input the parameters for various image filters, as well as applying “location-based distortions” to image processing.

The accompanying illustrations show how a user would interact with the camera via touch gesture, as well as a light tunnel filter that is based on a user’s tap and a filter that Apple refers to as a “shrink filter.”

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