Apple invents VR headset input system that detects various hand gestures using multiple Apple rings

Today, the United States Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple relating to systems and methods for detecting skin-to-skin contact, and more particularly, for detecting contact between two hands or between two fingers for virtual reality or augmented reality input. environments. While the patent is titled “skin-to-skin,” the patent emphasizes the use of smart rings used on multiple users’ fingers to form gestures that could be used in extended reality (XR) applications. .

Apple notes that when using a VR headset, actions that can be performed through skin-to-skin contact include, but are not limited to, moving an object such as a cursor or pointer, scrolling or panning, adjusting control parameters, opening a file or document, viewing a menu, making a selection, executing instructions, operating a device connected to the host device. You can refer to the first part for the general details of Apple’s invention.

Apple’s patent FIG. 10 below illustrates a wearable device (#1002) in the form of a ring which may include a band mechanism (#1018) electrically coupled to an electronic jewel system (jewel #1020). The strip mechanism (#1018) may include a ground electrode (#1008), a control electrode (#1010), and differential sense electrodes (#1012 and 1014). In some examples, these electrodes may be wrapped entirely or nearly entirely around the circumference of the tape mechanism. In other examples, the electrodes may be discrete electrode plates.

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Apple’s patent FIG. 12A below illustrates a hand with an index finger supporting a wearable device (eg, a ring) but not contacting a thumb; FIG. 12B illustrates the needle of FIG. 12A, except that the index now comes into contact with the thumb; FIG. 12C illustrates a sensing output signal when the index finger and thumb make and break contact as shown in Figs. 12B and 12A.

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Apple’s patent FIG. 13A below illustrates a hand with an index finger supporting a wearable device (eg, a ring) but not contacting a middle finger; FIG. 13B illustrates the needle of FIG. 13A, except that the index now comes into contact with the middle finger; FIG. 13C illustrates a sense output signal when the index and middle fingers make and break contact as shown in FIGS. 13B and 13A.

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Apple’s patent FIG. 16A below illustrates a hand with an index finger supporting a portable device (eg, a ring) and making contact with an opposite hand; FIG. 16B illustrates a left hand with an index finger supporting a portable device (eg, a ring) and also a right hand with an index finger supporting another portable device (eg, a ring); FIG. 16C illustrates a hand with an index finger supporting a portable device (eg, a ring) and a middle finger supporting another portable device (eg, a ring).

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Apple’s patent FIG. 17 above illustrates a flowchart for detecting input gestures using one or more devices.

For more details see US patent application 20220365598 A1.

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