The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office this week released a new patent filed by Apple that reveals a privacy feature designed to display iPhone content only through special glasses, so only the phone owner can see what’s on the screen.
How it transmits Patently Apple, the patent application relates to a system that can display “vision-corrected graphics outputs and standard graphics outputs on an electronic device.”
Interestingly, one of the features described in this patent is “Privacy Eyewear,” which blocks people around you from seeing content on your device’s screen, because it’s the only way to see what’s on the screen through glasses. Given that Apple is rumored to be working on its own mixed-reality headphones, a feature like this would likely be a huge selling point for the product.
The key new dimension discussed in this patent application is covered by “Privacy Eyewear”. In some embodiments, the user may interact with the calibration graph to intentionally blur the graphical output displayed on the device screen (iPhone). If the user wants privacy or does not want a person nearby to see what is displayed on the screen, the user can interact with the calibration graphic to make the graphic output unreadable.
In addition to the new privacy technology, Apple seems to be working on profiles for Face ID. The patent describes another system capable of distinguishing unique details on the user’s face, such as hairstyles, beard, mustache, glasses, no glasses, reading glasses, sunglasses and much more.
Having a profile in Face ID can be a step forward in the direction of the existence of such technology on a Mac, as Touch ID allows users to quickly change accounts just by placing their right finger on the sensor.
Of course, it is important to note that Apple will not necessarily use its patents in real products. Still, it’s still interesting to see the company working on technologies to add even more value to its ecosystem.
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