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‘Apple Glasses’ could record video based on where the user is gazing

If/when Apple debuts its “Apple Glasses” — the rumored head-mounted augmented reality display — it may be able to record, as well as playback, video What’s more, the recordings would film whatever the wearer is looking at.

Apple has filed for a patent (number 20200195940) for “gaze-driven recording of video.”  In the patent filing, the tech giant notes that head-mounted displays are used to provide virtual reality, augmented reality, and/or mixed reality experiences for users. Video from a virtual reality or mixed reality experience may be recorded for later playback or analysis. Apple’s idea is for gaze-tracking sensors that used to provide an indication of where a subject person is currently looking. 

Here’s the summary of the patent data: “Systems and methods for gaze-driven recording of video are described. Some implementations may include accessing gaze data captured using one or more gaze-tracking sensors; applying a temporal filter to the gaze data to obtain a smoothed gaze estimate; determining a region of interest based on the smoothed gaze estimate, wherein the region of interest identifies a subset of a field of view; accessing a frame of video; recording a portion of the frame associated with the region of interest as an enhanced frame of video, wherein the portion of the frame corresponds to a smaller field of view than the frame; and storing, transmitting, or displaying the enhanced frame of video.”

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.