Apple patent filing involves user alerts for ‘Apple Glasses’ users

Apple has filed for a patent (number 20210256227) 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 head-mounted display (HMD).

Background of the patent filing

Basically, it’s a safety feature for such a device. In the patent filing, Apple notes that users of a HMD 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 doesn’t want an Apple Glasses user to get hurt while involved in a computer-generated scene or game.

Summary of the patent filing

Here’s Apple’s abstract of the patent filing: “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.”

FIG. 1 is an illustration of an example of a “hailing scenario” with Apple Glasses.

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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.