Apple won 42 Patents today including one for VR Apple Developers relating to Improved Pathfinding for Virtual Agents
Today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 42 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. In this particular report we briefly cover a single patent that is aimed at Apple VR Developers. More specifically, the patent relates to virtual Agents, and in particular, to systems, methods, and devices for improved pathfinding for virtual agents. 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.
Method and Device for Improved Pathfinding
VR developers have asked Patently Apple to try to point out new Apple patents relating to all things VR. On that note, Apple was granted a patent today titled "Method and Device for Improved Pathfinding." It relates to virtual Agents, and in particular, to systems, methods, and devices for improved pathfinding for virtual agents.
Apple's Patent Abstract: "In some implementations, a method of improved pathfinding is performed at a virtual agent operating system including non-transitory memory and one or more processors coupled with the non-transitory memory. The method includes: determining an initial path for a virtual agent to a target destination based at least in part on a navigation mesh of an XR environment; actuating locomotive elements of the virtual agent in order to move the virtual agent according to the initial path; while moving according to the initial path, detecting a node of a navigation graph; in response to detecting the node of the navigation graph: obtaining navigation information from the node of the navigation graph; and determining an updated path from the node to the target destination based at least in part on the navigation mesh and the navigation information; and actuating the locomotive elements of the virtual agent according to the updated path."
Apple's patent FIG. 4 below is a block diagram of an example navigation architecture; FIG. 6A illustrates example three-dimensional (3D) environments; and FIG. 6B illustrates an example navigation mesh for one of the 3D environments in FIG. 6A.
Apple's patent FIG. 8 below is a flowchart representation of a method of improved pathfinding.
For more on this, review Apple's granted patent US 11532139 B1.
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