The most influential names in entertainment are furiously working with the latest breakthrough 3D technology, and you can now add Steve Jobs to the list that already includes three-time Academy Award winner James Cameron, U2 visionary Bono, Lord of the Rings Director Peter Jackson, and Imax (IMAX) co-CEOs Richard Gelfond and Bradley Wechsler.

Apple has officially filed a patent for a 3D gaming controller that will work with the Apple TV. As reported on Appleinsider.com, in the November 2006 filing, published for the first time this week earlier this month, the Cupertino-based electronics maker notes that the three-dimensional remote control systems can detect an absolute location to which a remote control is pointing in first and second orthogonal axes (e.g., the x- and y-axes) and an absolute position of the remote control in a third orthogonal axis (e.g., the z-axis).

There have been a number of hints over the past year to suggest it may only be a matter of time before the set-top box, like the iPod and iPhone, will double as a casual gaming console.



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