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Apple files for a patent for ‘emoji recording and sending’

Apple has filed for a patent (number ) for “emoji recording and sending” that involves it Animoji and Memoji features.

Animojis allow a user can select an avatar to represent themselves. The Animoji can move and talk as if it were a video of the user. 

Animojis enable users to create personalized versions of emojis in a fun and creative way. Memoji is the name used for iOS’s personalized Animoji characters that can be created and customized right within Messages by choosing from a set of inclusive and diverse characteristics to form a unique personality. 

The patent filing relates to generating and modifying virtual avatars. An electronic device having a camera and a display apparatus — most likely an iPhone or iPad — displays a virtual avatar that changes appearance in response to changes in a face in a field of view of the camera. In response to detecting changes in one or more physical features of the face in the field of view of the camera, the electronic device modifies one or more features of the virtual avatar.

In the patent filing, Apple says that some techniques for generating, sending, and receiving emojis and virtual avatars using electronic devices are “generally cumbersome and inefficient.” The company wants to change this.

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.