Let's be honest — the moment we all saw the realistic avatars at the Apple event VisionPro, at least some of us freaked out a little. Well, Apple's latest patent shows your animated face coming to your wrist.
Last week, the The US Patent & Trademark Office has published a patent application (quoted from Fortunately Apple) from the Cupertino crew showing how Apple Watch users will be able to scan their faces and hands and use them as avatars just like with VR headsets.
How does it work;
So, let's start with the process of registering your face as an avatar. For the Vision Pro, that involves removing the headset and pointing the front of it at your face — allowing the many cameras and sensors to capture a XNUMXD image of your mug.
For the Apple Watch, this involves using the sensors and cameras on the back of the wearable, moving the watch around your head, and making lots of facial expressions at them. When it comes to hand movements, the watch's sensors attached to your wrist will be able to detect small movements in your muscles and position to mimic what you do in real life.
For Profdriving of the user, audio feedback will play as you complete each stage of registration, just like setting up Face ID on the iPhone. Once scanned and uploaded, this avatar will be used when making FaceTime calls through Apple Watch — to output audio through AirPods or the speaker directly on the watch.
Opinion: Will people use it?
This is the ultimate question. Ultimately, one of the main issues I have with smartwatches as a whole is how they can be a little over-engineered to replace some tasks that are much easier to do by devoting an extra two secseconds to take your phone out of your pocket.
I can see the benefits of this in the form of showing your likeness on a FaceTime call when you're out and about. As for how emotional responses are captured, Apple clearly says there is a need for "improved methods and interfaces" to create an accurate representation of your face.
Αλλά η άνεση γύρω από ένα εικονικό face που χρησιμοποιείται σε βιντεοκλήσεις θα πάρει χρόνο για να αποδεχτούν και να υιοθετήσουν οι άνθρωποι.
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