Apple’s VR: A flurry of patent purposes, a concentrate on consumer ‘conduct’


Apple’s revised claims on VR and AR headset tech emphasizes a knowledge set of consumer conduct together with hand, head and facial gestures. 


Apple has had a busy July submitting patents on digital actuality know-how, three apparent purposes exhibiting up within the U.S. Patent & Trademark Workplace, and people are solely the three most blatant.

As ZDNet‘s David Gewirtz associated final month, hypothesis has been working scorching for a very long time now that Apple goes to supply some type of VR, or augmented actuality, or “combined actuality” headsets or goggles, rumored to be “Apple Glass.”

The three patent purposes describe, respectively, methods to detect which means an individual is trying when carrying a headset utilizing infrared gentle; adjusting the decision of a picture an individual sees to mimick the attention’s “foveation”; and a system for compensating movement illness when an individual is driving in a automobile trying right into a VR display.

All three patents are “continuations” of prior purposes that have been submitted lately, and that have been subsequently awarded patents by the USPTO. A continuation is a technical time period, often designating a shift in what’s claimed from what had beforehand been claimed.

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In that sense, a continuation patent submitting can symbolize an essential enhancement to what had beforehand been claimed. 

The variations will be refined however attention-grabbing.

For instance, patent utility US 2022/0222790 AI, printed July 14th, is a continuation of patent quantity 11,295,425 B2, awarded in April. In each instances, what’s being patented is a filter that mixes on display two completely different renderings of a video to be seen via a VR or a combined actuality headset. The purpose is to attain foveation, the shifting of decision depending on the place an individual’s gaze is directed, so as to make a scene extra practical.

Within the printed patent, the main target was on these two layers of video. Within the new utility, all the authentic 20 claims of that printed patent are changed with 40 brand-new claims. A lot of the language is similar, nonetheless, one distinction stands out: the world “conduct.”

The brand new utility prominently mentions conduct, as in consumer conduct, utilizing the time period 24 instances versus simply 3 instances within the prior model. 

The conduct on this case refers to a “conduct knowledge set,” a set of information, gathereed from sensors, about gestures that an individual carrying the headset would possibly make, together with a hand gesture or face gesture or head motion. The concept is for these consumer behaviors to affect how the filter shifts between its completely different shows of the atmosphere.

Whereas the point out of detecting consumer conduct through sensors is talked about within the printed patent, the patent utility now updates its claims of the whole system to explicitly declare the mixing of the filter and the consumer conduct consciousness. 

Evaluate the 2 variations of the language, first, the printed utility’s declare quantity eight:

8. A system, comprising: a number of processors; and a number of recollections; whereby the a number of recollections retailer program directions that when executed on or throughout the a number of processors carry out a technique comprising: filtering a number of video frames utilizing a primary set of values of parameters of a multi-layer low-pass filter, whereby the multi-layer low-pass filter contains a primary layer and a second layer with respective filtering resolutions, the filtering comprising: for particular person ones of the a number of video frames, making use of the primary layer to a primary pixel subset of the video body, and making use of the second layer to a second pixel subset of the video body; figuring out a number of properties of content material of the a number of video frames; and modifying, based mostly a minimum of partially on the a number of properties, a price of a minimum of one parameter of the multi-layer low-pass filter. 

Second, the brand new continuation patent utility’s substitute declare quantity 28: 

28. A system, comprising: a number of processors; and a number of recollections; whereby the a number of recollections retailer program directions that when executed on or throughout the a number of processors carry out a technique comprising: acquiring, at a primary machine utilizing a primary set of sensors, an atmosphere knowledge set comprising a primary video body similar to a scene seen to a person; acquiring, on the first machine utilizing a second set of sensors, a conduct knowledge set comprising representations of a number of behaviors of the person; filtering a minimum of a portion of the atmosphere knowledge set utilizing a multi-layer filter on the first machine, whereby the filtering contains (a) making use of a primary layer of the multi-layer filter to a primary subset of the primary video body and (b) making use of a second layer of the multi-layer filter to a second subset of the primary video body, whereby a filtering decision of the primary layer differs from a filtering decision of the second layer; and acquiring, on the first machine, content material to be exhibited to the person, whereby a minimum of a portion of the content material is generated at a second machine based mostly a minimum of partially on (a) a results of the filtering and (b) the conduct knowledge set. 

It is attainable that this extra intensive integration of phrases could imply that Apple is coming nearer to some type of realization of the numerous elements {that a} headset should have. 

Of the opposite two patent purposes, utility 20220236799 refers to a gaze-tracking system utilizing infrared gentle pointed on the eyeball to see the place a wearer is directing their gaze. It is a continuation of printed patent quantity 11,360,557, printed in June. The appliance updates language concerning the particulars of how the diffraction grating, which filters the infrared gentle, is mixed with the lenses, the eyepieces, and the infrared detectors. 

The third patent utility, 20220222904, describes changing a passenger’s view of the world once they’re touring in a transferring automobile with a simulated view of the world, with the intent of shifting that simulated view so as to stop movement illness that may occur when one is not searching the window of a automobile. It is a continuation of printed patent 11,321,923, printed in Might.    

As with utility, 2022/0222790, the unique claims within the 11,321,923 patent are all stricken and changed with new claims. Among the many refined variants, whereas the unique language within the printed patent says the machine would acquire inputs of “three-dimensional (3D) mannequin knowledge of the actual atmosphere and sensor knowledge from the automobile,” the brand new model says the inputs will “embody indications of visible cues of an atmosphere exterior the automobile, and whereby the atmosphere contains different autos.”

That feels like a broader sort of declare, to incorporate stuff that is not simply 3D knowledge.



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