Thursday, December 7, 2023
Apple Vision ProPatents

A future Vision Pro could have a crown input akin to the Apple Watch

This graphic shows a rotatable crown for use with a Vision Pro.

Apple has been granted a patent (number 11,328,497) for “Multi-input for Rotating and Translating Crown Modules”  It involves a future Apple Vision Pro that sports a crown input system akin to the Apple Watch.

The US$3,499 (and up) Vision Pro was previewed at June’s Apple Worldwide Developer Conference. However, it won’t be available until early 2024 — and then, apparently, only in limited quantities.

About the patent

In the patent Apple notes that electronic devices are continually increasing in their functionality and capabilities, so there’s a need for input mechanisms that can operate with the increased performance of these devices. Apple is considering a Vision Pro with a tactile input disposed on the head-mounted display that includes an input including a movable touch-sensitive region. 

Such an input could perform various functions. For example, a Vision Pro crown could be rotated to move among camera settings on the device.

Summary of the patent

Here’s Apple’s abstract of the patent: “A wearable device includes a housing and a display carried by the housing, a capacitive sensor carried by the housing and including a movable outer surface. The capacitive sensor can include a first set of conductors forming a first electrical path, a second set of conductors forming a second electrical path, and a set of non-conductive insulators isolating the first set of conductors from the second set of conductors. A processor can also be carried by the housing and can be in communication with the display and the capacitive sensor.”

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.