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Apple continues to look into ways to make the Vision Pro more comfortable

FIG. 1A is a front view of a head-mounted display unit worn on a head of a user. FIG. 1B is a top view of the head-mounted display unit.

Apple continues to look into ways to make the Vision Pro more comfortable for long periods as evidenced by a patent filing (US 11983034 B1) for a “Wearable Electronic Device And Compliant Interface.”

About the patent filing

In the patent filing, Apple notes that wearable electronic devices such as the Vision Pro may be worn by different users with different anatomical features, which may lead to inconsistent user experience and inconsistent user comfort. Apple’s patent filing involves a method for providing a compliant interface for a wearable electronic device. The method includes: scanning one or more of a head or a face of a user in three dimensions; determining compliance characteristics for a compliant interface according to the scanning; and providing the compliant interface according to the determined characteristics.

Summary of the patent filing

Here’s Apple’s abstract of the patent filing: “A compliant interface for a wearable electronic device includes a three-dimensional lattice structure that is coupleable to the wearable electronic device and compressible to conform to one or more of a facial feature or an upper cranial feature of a user wearing the wearable electronic device. The compliant interface may be one of a facial interface of a head-mounted display unit, a head interface of a head-mounted display unit, or a head interface of a headphones unit. 

“The three-dimensional lattice structure may be formed of silicone that may form less than 35% of a volume of the three-dimensional lattice structure in an uncompressed state. Compliance of the facial interface may vary by locations at which the compliant interface engages the user. The compliance may vary according to one or more of geometric stiffness or maximum deflection of the three-dimensional lattice structure.”

About the Vision Pro

Demos of the Apple Vision Pro at Apple Stores in the U.S. can be reserved on Apple.com. To reserve a free Vision Pro demo online, go here, then follow the steps to book an appointment at your local Apple Store. 

Pricing for the Vision Pro starts at US$3,499 with 256GB of storage. ZEISS Optical Inserts are available: $99 for reading lens and $149 for prescription lens. 

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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.