In one of the slowest granted patent days in years, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 31 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we briefly cover 3 patents that relate to an eye tracking system, multiplayer gaming and a glasses device. And, as always, we wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.
Eye Tracking System and Method to Detect the Dominant Eye
Apple's granted patent relates to an eye tracking system and a method for operating an eye tracking system for determining if one of a left and a right eye of a user is dominant, wherein at least one image of the left and the right eye of the user is captured based on the at least one image and according to a predefined accuracy function a left accuracy score for the left eye and a right accuracy score for the right eye is determined and it is determined if one of the left and the right eye of the user is dominant in dependency of at least the left and the right accuracy score. Thereby user-specific properties relating to his eyes can be provided and considered when performing eye tracking so that the robustness and accuracy of eye tracking can be enhanced.
Apple's patent FIG. 1 a schematic illustration of a method for operating an eye tracking system according to an embodiment of the invention.
(Click on image to Enlarge)
For more on this, review granted patent 10,893,801
CGR Patent relating to Multiplayer Gaming+
Apple's granted patent covers devices, systems, and methods relating to multiplayer gaming. While a device is presenting a CGR experience to a user in an environment, representations of people within the physical environment may be altered. For example, in a multiplayer gaming experience, people other than the user may be presented as monsters or donning battle armor. Below is a patent figure showing imagery of a multiplayer game.
(Click on image to enlarge)
For more on this, review granted patent 10,896,548.
Apple wins their 14th Patent for Glasses that Integrates an iPhone
Apple has been working on an HMD in the form of glasses wherein a user can insert an iPhone into its frame that would allow a user to play games, watch movies in a new experience from an iPhone alone.
Apple's first patent filing dates back to 2008 and since that time Apple has received 14 patents including todays. In today's granted patent, it's all about an additional set of new patent claims. The 2019 granted patent focused on all things related to optical: an optical interface; optical subassembly; and optical components.
In today's granted patent, Apple's 19 patent claims focus on all things related to "a support structure." The first patent claim below is just an example:
"A head-mounted apparatus comprising: a support structure having a front panel and a nose cutout; a display supported by the support structure; first and second lenses supported by the support structure through which the display is viewable, wherein the display is interposed between the front panel of the support structure and the first and second lenses; foam on the support structure; first and second structures that are coupled to the support structure and that extend away from the front panel of the support structure; and a strap attached to the first and second structures, wherein the support structure has a top edge, a bottom edge, and side portions that extend between the top and bottom edges and wherein the foam is formed along the side portions of the support structure."
Apple's patent FIG. 4 below shows a configuration of a head-mounted device; FIG. 7 shows a side view of a head-mounted device coupled to a portable electronic device
To review the 20 additional patent claims, see granted patent 10,897,528. While the iPhone 12 is likely light enough for a glasses device like this. How light will it have to be to satisfy Apple so as to give this invention the green light to proceed. After 13 years of refining this invention, will it ever come to market?
The Remaining Patents granted to Apple Today