‘Apple Glasses’ may provide alerts to users immersed in a computer-generated reality

Apple has been granted a patent (number 11,002,965) for a “system and method for user alerts during an immersive computer-generated reality experience.” It involves the rumored “Apple Glasses,” an augmented reality/virtual reality/mixed reality head-mounted display.

Basically, it’s a safety feature. In the patent data, Apple notes that HMDs are used to provide computer-generated reality (CGR) experiences for users. Users of a head-mounted display may be subject to varying levels of immersion in a virtual or augmented environment. 

HMDs may present images and audio signals to a user, which, to varying degrees, may impair a user’s ability to concurrently detect events in their physical surroundings. Apple’s patent would alert users to important changes around them while they’re immersed in a CGR environment.

Here’s the summary of the patent: “Systems and methods for computer-generated reality user hailing are described. Some implementations may include accessing sensor data captured using one or more sensors; detecting a person within a distance of a head-mounted display based on the sensor data; detecting a hail event based on the sensor data; and responsive to the hail event, invoking an alert using the head-mounted display.”

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.