Apple wins patent for an Expandable Ring accessory that will control content on Future Mixed Reality Glasses & HMD
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 77 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's granted patent relating to a ring accessory specifically designed to work with future Mixed Reality glasses and/or Head Mounted Display Device. The expandable rings are designed to be more accurate than wearing than VR gloves. The user will be able to wear one or several rings to control content on screen depending on the application.
A ring device with an expandable portion can be operated in an unexpanded state in which the expandable portion is retracted and the ring device is compact and can be operated in an expanded state in which the expandable portion is deployed and the ring device is enlarged. An expandable housing portion in a ring device may include sensors and other input devices. In some configurations, force sensors such as strain gauges may be used in gathering user input.
Apple's patent FIG. 1 below is a schematic diagram of an illustrative system with a ring device; FIG. 2 is a top view of an illustrative finger of a user on which a ring device has been placed; FIG. 4 is a side view of an illustrative expandable ring device on a finger.
Patently Apple covered the original patent filing back in October 2019. You could revisit this report for many more graphics. Patently Apple also covered this invention as a continuation patent back in May of this year covering minor tweaks to its patent claims here.