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This Apple Patent Will Let You Take Group Selfies With Friends In Different Locations

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Apple just received patent rights for a software that will generate “synthetic group selfies”. The company can although be said to be ahead of its time as it had filed for the patent since 2018, however, it only just got granted.


There’s no indication as to how Apple will put the software to use at the moment, however, it can be useful in a time such as this. The outbreak of the global pandemic has caused governments all over the world to issue social distancing guidelines. This is because proximity aids the spread of the virus.


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As it is, large gatherings and visits are discouraged, the synthetic group selfies can still help you and your friends take a selfie. You don’t have to be in the same location, but you can be in the same picture.

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As per Protocol, the patent outlines that the software would operate a bit like a group FaceTime. This means one person can invite several people to take selfies, with the software superimposing them behind the organizer.


The patent was uncovered by Patently Apple after the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 57 newly granted patents for Apple.


Patently Apple reports that; “Apple’s patent covers a computing device that can generate a synthetic group selfie. That is, a synthetic group selfie can be an arrangement or composition of individual selfies obtained from a plurality of computing devices into a single group image (e.g., synthetic group selfie)”.


The individual selfie images can be still images, video images, or live streaming images.


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