Joking aside, I read in 9to5mac today a post about an interesting patent showing a possible iPad application for 3D avatar design . Basically what the patent says is that in applications intended for avatar design, such as in video game consoles (is this a clue?) that the avatar customization options are limited to a 256-bit color palette. It also speaks of better adjustment of the elements in the avatar, such as a band-aid or glasses placed on the hair, thanks to better detection of the normals (the perpendicular at each point on a surface) of each element of our “other self”.
In this way we could build our avatar with gradients and colors with transparencies in a three-dimensional application, applying elements that would be faithful to their equivalent in the real world. The curious thing about this case is that Apple claims that such an application could be used in next generation screens, which include systems with movement, three-dimensional (e.g. holographic) and projected visualization as in airplanes. It remains to be seen what Apple is up to and what uses it will have.