A new Apple patent has surfaced online. On August 9th, according to a report, Apple filed a new patent application. This new patent allows you to control your devices with your eyes, making it easier for you. This patent can be applied not only to our generally used mobile devices such as iPhone and iPad but also to VR/AR and other head-mounted display devices. and it’s known as Apple’s Gaze Selection.
Apple’s Gaze Selection.
The Gaze Selection is to select a “text input field” using your eyes. It means that when the user looks at the text of certain software or website, the cursor will move to that position and the user can directly fill in the relevant information.
How will Gaze Selection work?
The patent document tells us that this function will determine the “visual axis of the user’s eyes” by searching for the “centre of the user’s pupil” to determine where the person is looking at. Then by tracking this information it will determine which part of the text needs to be edited and where the cursor shall be moved.
Apple’s Gaze selection function is different and easier from the common way of selecting text input areas. The user only needs to look at different text boxes. It will be very useful to the people who are usually filling forms. When we usually fill in a form, we need to constantly move the cursor from one text box to another. With this new function, we only need to look at a text box, and the cursor will pop up in the text box, allowing us to directly enter text information.
An infrared light will be projected along the visual axis of the user’s eyes. And the bouncing back of the rays can be used to determine the direction of the gaze
According to sources, Apple may allow the device to continuously scan the user’s eyes to confirm changes in the user’s gaze. Whenever the user activates Gaze Selection, the function will find the specific area of the eye gaze and determine the timing, distance and depth of the Gaze. In this way, it will know if someone else is taking a glance at the screen so it won’t get to their eyes unless the first user’s eyes are un-trackable.
Which products will utilize it?
Apple’s Gaze Selection can not only be used to the user interface on traditional devices such as desktop computers, laptops, and tablets but also in VR and AR devices. In VR/AR the products like the Apple Glass for example will use internal sensors to locate the pupils.
This can also give us hope of Apple Glasses still being in Apple’s plans and sooner or later they will launch it.
Apple is moving fast towards this new place of “eye control” and “AR”. As we saw with the current gen of iPhones they had a LiDar sensor on the back. It is clear to see that Apple’s plans regarding the whole AR/VR are really big. So, what do you guys think of Apple’s Gaze Selection patent? Do you think it will work? Will it be as successful as FaceID? Share your thoughts in the comments below.