Apple Patents Eye-Tracking Software Feature for Possible Use on Mac and iOS

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    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office today granted an Apple patent, originally filed in April of 2012, that deals with eye-tracking technology used to control a user interface on a computer or smartphone (via AppleInsider). The specific invention involves a method for ensuring users do not lose track of a cursor while controlling their devices through eye-tracking movements.

    The patent, with inventor credit going to David P. Julian, describes future Mac, iPhone, and iPad devices that could include the new camera technology, allowing movements of a user's eye to translate to the movement of a cursor on screen. The patent doesn't go into deep detail describing any further practical use of the "gaze control" technology, though it does mention in passing the possible use such advancements could have in vehicles, game consoles, and entertainment systems.

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    The patent mostly attempts to battle the Troxler Effect, an optical effect that causes objects in the periphery to begin to disappear when a user focuses on a particular point on-screen. This is a particularly troubling issue with retina-tracking technology, which requires a user to focus on various on-screen interface prompts to properly work.

    Apple's invention seeks to counteract the Troxler Effect by monitoring eye movements and blinking to estimate when a user is likely to be losing track of a mouse pointer or other cursor due to the effect. The system would automatically move the cursor to bring it back to visibility.
    A handful of older patents filed by the company have been released by the Patent and Trademark Office as of late, including a transforming home-button-to-gaming-joystick just last week. Like all other patents, the possibility of the eye-tracking tech showing up anytime soon in an Apple product is very slim, but is an interesting glimpse into the company's possible future nonetheless.

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    That's so awesome I was hoping they'd do this at some point!!! #####
     
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    Is that Jony Ive? Carving the new iPad design with his laser eyes?!
     
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    Stephen Hawking has a system to communicate that is based on his eye movement. He wrote an entire book using that technology. I wonder if this patent does something better than that.

    http://www.technewsworld.com/story/74143.html
     
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    I wish Apple would just invent something to tap into the thought circuits in the brain. That way, we will never need a physical I/O device or displays. It would be great if we could just implant the processor, co-processor and baseband chips directly into the neural system. :apple:
     
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    That will be iPhone 10s. But you will need to have it activated at an Apple store. :)
     
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    I know that's how I look when I use my Apple products!
     
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    Or like any eye-tracking technology that exists.

    Honestly, my first thought when reading the article was not the Galaxy S4, but of the computer that track the eyes of people who are paralysed from the neck down, enabling them to use a computer and communicate.
     
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    Accessibility feature no doubt.

    It wont be a "Smart Stay" feature or whatever Samsung called it. S-Pause and S-Look. So annoying.
     
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    you dont know that. patents arent granted to *ideas* ("flying car"), theyre granted to *implementation* details (how your car flies).
     
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    The smily face doh. If only apple released the product this year.
     
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    They could use this to also control how far the mouse can move in any given direction. IE, you can't accidentally move the mouse beyond the section of the screen that it sees you're looking at.
     
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    another instance of apple throwing ideas at the patent office, despite prior art, and the patent office goign "MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" and approving it.


    it would never hold up in court.
     
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    Now we have the head that attaches to these hands!

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    This was from an Apple patent request a few years back.
     
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    So the Borg Collective runs OS X. No wonder they're so efficient.;) Resistance is futile.
     
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    Eye tech

    I would have thought, seeing as Apple have purchased Beats they will add a fold away HUD accessory to use on apple headphoners if you want to much like Google glasses.
    Unlike Google failure glasses many more people wear headphones of one sort or another. HUD Can then be built in or addded as an accessory with a built in mic for siri activation.

    Few situations where you need a HUD but not headphones.

    Will be huge.
     

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