Thursday, December 7, 2023
Apple Vision ProPatents

Apple patent involves ‘eye enrollment’ for the upcoming Vision Pro

FIG. 1A is an illustration of an example of a head-mounted enclosure worn by a user.

Apple has been granted a patent (number US 11749018 B1) for “Eye Enrollment for Head-mounted Enclosure.” It involves the upcoming Apple Vision Pro.

The US$3,499 (and up) “Spatial Computer” was previewed at June’s Apple Worldwide Developer Conference. However, it won’t be available until early 2024 — and then, apparently, only in limited quantities.

About the patent

In the patent Apple notes that head-mounted displays are typically one-size-fits-all. However, facial geometries can vary significantly from person to person. 

Deviations of the positions of the eyes of a user from expected nominal positions relative to a head-mounted display can be a cause of image distortion. Apple says that manual adjustments of the shape of a head-mounted display can be made to try to mitigate this source of distortion.

However, this can be cumbersome. Apple’s idea is that a Vision Pro could automatically adjust some of the device’s lens positions based on the size and shape of a user’s eyes.

Summary of the patent 

Here’s Apple’s abstract of the patent: “Systems and methods for eye enrollment for a head-mounted enclosure are described. Some implementations may include an image sensor; and a processing apparatus configured to: access a set of images, captured using the image sensor, that depict a face of a user and a head-mounted enclosure that the user is wearing; and determine, based on the set of images, a first position of a first eye of the user relative to the head-mounted enclosure.”

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.