Apple has been developing an AR Glass for some time now and we have seen a handful of patents relating to the wearable. Now, according to the latest news, Apple has filed another patent dubbed “Utilization of Luminance Changes to Determine User Characteristics” that hints at a nifty feature of the long-rumoured Apple wearable.
The patent suggests that Apple’s AR based wearable would be able to measure changes in a user’s eyes to determine how interested they are in watching the current content and likewise, the device would adjust the brightness of the display or change the content altogether automatically when the user is not paying attention.
The patent describes that this feature will “identify a state of a user (e.g., attentive, distracted, mind wandering, etc.) based on the user’s physiological (e.g., pupillary) response to luminance change events in which a portion or all of the content quickly becomes brighter or dimmer.”
The patent puts forward that this feature will work based on the state of the users’ pupils. Some sensors in the device will detect the movements of the pupils of a user’s eyes to determine whether they are dilated or contracted while viewing content. This might be possible because when “the luminance of the content increases while the user is attentive and engaged, the pupillary response may be slower and smaller in magnitude.”
The upcoming Apple Glass would be able to take advantage of this feature to manipulate the display in order to deliver the best viewing experience to its users. Interestingly, the patent suggests, it can also analyze the data and suggest users take a break from long viewing sessions.
Apart from a lower end AR-based wearable, Apple is also developing a US $ 3,000 Mixed Reality headset with a dual 8K display setup so there are chances that this patent relates to that model as it seems quite advanced for something like an AR headset.
If you are interested to know more about the patent, you can check out Apple’s patent filing from the USPTO’s official repository.