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A newly granted patent from Apple describes Future HMD users being able to Customize Hand Gestures for Specific Functions

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Apple has won a patent for Devices with Durable Folding Displays and two Design Patents covering the Studio Display +

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A new Apple Smartglasses patent focuses on a Gaze Tracker alignment system that uses Fiducial markers to calibrate on-device cameras+

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Apple has won a Vision Pro patent relating to the display of an image & tracking an eye of a user through a Catadioptric Lens

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Apple invents a Modular Strap System for Vision Pro that allows family members to share a headset yet retain an individual's OS settings

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Three more Smartglasses Patents from Apple cover an all-new Stretchable Display, a Configurable Arm and Position Sensors

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One of Apple's Vision Pro teams continue to work on future Headband Securement Systems based on Tubular Structures

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Apple wins a patent for a wide variety of possible future Vision Pro Headband mechanisms & configurations for added user comfort

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Apple Invents 'Frame Antennas' for Future Smartglasses that will be able to handle Cellular low band and GPS frequencies

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Apple invents a 3D Navigational System for devices like Vision Pro to assist users in Urban Settings

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An Apple Smartglasses patent describes a metal frame with a protective polymer that protects it against deformation & more

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Nine HMD/Smartglasses patents published today cover displays, optical systems, infrared coatings for gaze tracking systems & more

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Apple wins a patent for a 'Posture Awareness' System in context with delivering 3D content & Audio to HMD users & more

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An Apple patent describes a Motorized Adjustable Headband for a future version of Vision Pro that utilizes Shape-Memory Alloy Wires

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Five Apple Patents published today cover Packaging & Fabrics for Vision Pro + future HMD displays with Quantum Dot technology

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Apple invents Finger Devices with Haptics to assist users feel 3D objects & provide realistic touch when working with virtual keyboards+

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Apple won a patent for one aspect of creating realistic Virtual Personas in Apple Vision Pro involving hair generation

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Apple won 56 utility patents today covering a Future Vision Pro Headset with Variable Adjustment Mechanisms and more

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Apple has filed a Patent describing a Unique 3-Tier Display System for Future Smartglasses

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Apple was granted 46 Patents today covering Future Smartglasses with a dual gaze Tracking System and more

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Apple wins a Smartglasses patent covering an Optical System with Dispersion Compensation that delivers quality AR Imagery

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Apple has won a Patent that relates to a Future version of Vision Pro that works with a Drone and/or a Robotic Avatar

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Last week, Patently Apple posted a report titled "With Project Titan being Cancelled, Apple's Crystal Ball Points to developing Home Robotics." The report noted that "The robotics work is happening within Apple’s hardware engineering division and its AI and machine-learning group, which is run by John Giannandrea. Matt Costello and Brian Lynch — two executives focused on home products — have overseen the hardware development." While this seems like an odd project for Apple to pursue, a newly granted patent today points to a part of such a project. Apple notes at one point in their patent that the invention relates to "a drone or robotic avatar"  that appears to work with a future version of Vision Pro.

Today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially granted Apple a patent that relates to health monitoring and, in particular, to systems, methods, and devices for monitoring the health of a user in a computer-generated reality environment. This is a difficult patent to get your head around and so to better understand Apple's granted patents, it's best to simply dive in to the examples that Apple provides.

In Apple's patent FIG. 4A below we see a CGR environment #400 based on a real environment surveyed by a scene camera of a device at a first time. In various implementations, the scene camera is part of a device that is worn by the user and includes a display that displays the first CGR environment. In various implementations, the device includes more than one scene camera. Thus, in various implementations, the user is physically present in the environment. In various implementations, the scene camera is part of remote device (such as a drone or robotic avatar) that transmits images from the scene camera to a local device that is worn by the user and includes a display that displays the CGR environment.

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At the second time, shown patent FIG. 4B above, the CGR environment #400 includes a reminder window #431 indicating that the user has not taken a scheduled dose of medication. Further, at the second time, the CGR environment includes a glow 432 directing the attention of the user to the medicine bottle 416.

Apple's patent FIG. 4E below illustrates the CGR environment #400 of FIG. 4A at a fifth time. At the fifth time, the CGR environment includes an options window #433 including a yes affordance #434 and a no affordance #435. The options window indicates to the user that the user is intoxicated and presents options for calling a rideshare vehicle (via the yes affordance #434) and dismissing the options window #433 (via the no affordance #435).

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Apple's patent FIG. 4F above illustrates the CGR environment #400 of FIG. 4A. This time, the user's hand (#490) is interacting with the no affordance #435 of the options window #433.

Apple's patent FIG. 4H below presents another example wherein the CGR environment #400 is adjusted to be brighter and/or sharper (e.g., the HMD increases the brightness, sharpness, saturation, and/or contrast of the display). In this example the  CGR environment includes a notification window #436 indicating that the CGR environment 400 has been adjusted and including an OK affordance #437.

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Apple's patent FIG. 4i below illustrates the CGR environment includes a navigation window #438 indicating that the HMD is navigating the user to water and a navigation arrow #439 (pointing out the door #418) indicating a direction for the user to follow to obtain water.

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For full details, review granted patent 11961290. If Apple's robotics  project is for real, then we're bound to see more patents surface over time.

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Apple wins a patent for Smartglasses that could double as a pair of Meditation Glasses, include a Satellite Navigation System & more

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Apple invents a Lens Testing System for Vision Pro, an XR Smartglasses Wave Guide Illumination Eye Assessment system & more

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Apple Vision Pro's Optic ID Enrollment Process creates a Personalized Eye Model that is Encrypted and Protected

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Apple has invented a Vision Pro Input Device Specifically for Creating Virtual Art

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Six more Apple Vision Pro Patents were Published last week covering visionOS, the Fit Dial, FaceTime and more

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A 4th Patent this Quarter focuses on a possible future Handheld Controller system with added Tracking Devices for HMDs, Macs+

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Apple reveals that touch sensors could be embedded into a future version of Apple Vision Pro's Light Seal to add touch controls

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