Apple is looking into making the Apple TV a promising line. While users have the option to control the device through a remote, touchpad or voice via Siri, they may also have the choice to control it with their eyes – at least, according to a spotted patent. Will the Apple TV be as revolutionary?
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office just released a new patent entitled “Gaze detection in a 3D mapping environment.” According to the patent, Apple is working on a technology that will allow users to control objects on display simply by gazing at them – given they are presented on the on-screen menu. To do this, Apple will be utilizing a camera sensor on top of another sensor in creating the 3D map of the room.
According to the abstract: “A method, including receiving a three-dimensional (3D) map of at least a part of a body of a user (22) of a computerized system, and receiving a two dimensional (2D) image of the user, the image including an eye (34) of the user. 3D coordinates of a head (32) of the user are extracted from the 3D map and the 2D image, and a direction of a gaze performed by the user is identified based on the 3D coordinates of the head and the image of the eye.”
Additionally, users can also point to the features on the screen to manage the interface even from a distance. However, as with many other patents, it may or may not find its way to the actual product. People will have to wait for the actual implementation.
In other news, Apple may have to resolve the streaming dispute of its Apple TV line as a decision found Apple infringing on OpenTV’s video streaming patents in Germany. The case was filed in 2014, and now, the ruling says that Apple products available in Germany must not utilize streaming software breaching OpenTV’s patents. “The claim is predominantly valid and well-founded,” Reuters quoted Dusseldorf court.