Apple Patents Compass Bearing Feature for the iPhone Camera

One of the most challenging aspects of online learning and distance education in the geosciences is fieldwork. Access and cost of equipment is especially problematic for conducting field studies. It’s becoming easier to engage students in field activities as mobile devices with geolocation capabilities are winding up in their pockets. A new patent published by the USPTO describes a new compass bearing feature for the iPhone’s camera. An overview of the patent is provided on the Patently Apple site.

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About Michael Ritter PhD
Professor of Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, science textbook author, educational technology blogger, podcaster, and freelance media consultant.

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