Apple could equip its possible headset with Face ID recognition

According to a patent spotted by AppleInsider, Apple could integrate a Face ID facial recognition key into a possible augmented reality or virtual reality headset. This would serve to change or not the appearance of a person entering the field of view during a game or an experiment.

The iPhone, augmented reality support for Apple // Source: Apple

It remains a complete mystery, for lack of a possible well-kept secret. Augmented reality has been a central topic for Apple for several years. The firm has equipped its iPhone and iPad with it even before adding the LiDAR sensor to refine the possibilities. It is all in all logical that we lend to Tim Cook and his people projects of augmented reality headset.

The boss of the Apple brand has never hidden that his preference was for augmented reality rather than virtual reality. If only for its ability to rely on existing material. But Apple could also develop its dedicated equipment and many patent applications have been going in this direction for several years. The leaker Jon Prosser even revealed a wealth of information last spring on a project called “Apple Glass”.

Last patent obtained by Apple and spotted by the site AppleInsider, a function would allow a user to see or not see their appearance change in an augmented reality experience. But also those of other people around him. Among the seven inventors behind this patent, we find in particular Daniel Ulbricht, already present in the patent application for an “Apple Glass” style helmet with the possibility of following the gaze of a user.

Change your appearance in augmented reality

According to Apple, changing the appearance in a game could present some unwanted issues and so it is important to have a choice to prevent this.

« When a device offers a gaming experience in an environment, representations of people may appear modified“, Explains Apple in its request. “In a multiplayer experience, these can be presented to the user as monsters or donned in battle armor. In various circumstances it may not be preferable that not everyone is included in the experience (…), such as children or security guards.»

A patent application for facial recognition on an augmented reality headset

A patent application for facial recognition on an augmented reality headset // Source: USPTO

Apple thus wants to provide that a person entering your “play area” can be identified and, depending on his identity, not change his appearance or simply be excluded from the game environment. The game support will then be able to. to differentiate between a total experience like virtual reality and choosing not to include certain people, or in augmented reality by sorting between real and virtual objects, people who cannot then be erased from your reality, but not integrated into the AR experience.

Face ID to know who can change their appearance

How to achieve such a feat? Thanks to a recognition system similar to Face ID technology. The patent explains how people or players would be identified in the environment, but without using connection identifiers. An image of the scene would then be captured in order to detect a person, define their identity and determine their status in the gaming experience using a headset worn by the user, explains Apple’s patent. “The classifier receives a positive image of a particular person and generates a feature vector by comparing it to many other negative images of many people. »

A function which is based on “a deep learning neural network”, Similar to the description given of Face ID. Each player entering the game can be recognized and possibly identified through facial recognition. And the user will even be able to identify each person in the field of their experience and decide if they can “change appearance” or not.

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