Important global technology giant IBM has applied for another blockchain patent, this time aiming to deter augmented reality players (ARs) from intruding into unwanted positions. The latest document on the patents of the technology company was released by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Thursday November 1st.
In the patent, IBM, also known as Big Blue, describes a blockchain-based method and a system of interactions between a mobile AR device and a location database in order to set and maintain secure boundaries between AR objects and real physical locations. According to the document, a distributed ledger is set up to consistently maintain a growing list of data records protected against falsifications and alterations.
Based on a blockchain-based location database, AR game "exemplary method" allows mobile devices to get a signal that a certain position on AR is not desirable. Moreover, the described system is able to modify some AR objects that are referred to as unwanted, also showing them on mobile devices.
In the patent, IBM provides a brief description of augmented reality, stating that this form of play is linked to a place that is overlaid by images of multiple game elements such as characters, resources or internal game positions. By applying the new blockchain patent, IBM can provide a guarantee of "trust" between real-world locations and location-based AR games.
International Business Machines Corporation, or IBM, is one of the world's largest providers of patent-related blockchain technologies in terms of the number of patents applied. After depositing a total of 89 blockchain patents by August 31st, the technology giant took second place after the Chinese Alibaba with 90 patent applications.
In mid-October, Cointelegraph published an analysis dedicated to the history of IBM's blockchain patents in numerous industries, such as logistics, the Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain hardware and others.