Apple Vision ProPatents

Apple Vision Pro may one day be able to share data and collaborate

FIG. 3 illustrates an overhead view of a system of Apple Vision Pro users collaborating.

One of the downsides of the Apple Vision Pro is that users of the spatial computer can’t share data. That may change as Apple has been granted a patent (number US 12001751 B2) for “Shared Data And Collaboration For Head-mounted Devices.”

About the patent

The patent relates generally to head-mounted devices, and, more particularly, to a system of head-mounted devices that share view and other information. In the patent Apple says that a head-mounted device can be worn by a user to display visual information within the field of view of the user. The head-mounted device can be used as a virtual reality (VR) system, an augmented reality (AR) system, and/or a mixed reality (MR) system. 

A user may observe outputs provided by the head-mounted device, such as visual information provided on a display. The display can optionally allow a user to observe an environment outside of the head-mounted device. Other outputs provided by the head-mounted device can include audio output and/or haptic feedback. A user may further interact with the head-mounted device by providing inputs for processing by one or more components of the head-mounted device. For example, the user can provide tactile inputs, voice commands, and other inputs while the device is mounted to the user’s head.

Apple’s idea is for multiple Vision Pros to operate in concert to leverage their combined sensory input and computing power, as well as those of other external devices to improve sensory perception, mapping ability, accuracy, processing workload, and thermals mitigation. For example, sharing sensory input between multiple head-mounted devices can complement and enhance individual units by interpreting and reconstructing objects, surfaces, and/or an external environment with perceptive data from multiple angles and positions, which also reduces occlusions and inaccuracies. 

As more detailed information is available at a specific moment in time, the speed and accuracy of object recognition, hand and body tracking, surface mapping, and/or digital reconstruction can be improved. Such collaborations can also provide more effective and efficient mapping of space, surfaces, objects, gestures and users.

Summary of the patent

Here’s Apple’s summary of the patent: “A system can include head-mounted devices that collaborate to process views from cameras of the respective head-mounted devices and identify objects from different perspectives and/or objects that are within the view of only one of the head-mounted devices. Sharing sensory input between multiple head-mounted devices can complement and enhance individual units by interpreting and reconstructing objects, surfaces, and/or an external environment with perceptive data from multiple angles and positions, which also reduces occlusions and inaccuracies. As more detailed information is available at a specific moment in time, the speed and accuracy of object recognition, hand and body tracking, surface mapping, and/or digital reconstruction can be improved. Such collaboration can provide more effective and efficient mapping of space, surfaces, objects, gestures and users.”

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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.