On Tuesday, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted a patent to Apple which says that the tech titan wants to widen the set of attributes of its wearable, by integrating an original camera system with the ability to automatically crop subject matter, trace objects such as user’s face and produce angle-adjusted avatars for FaceTime calls.
“Image-capturing watch” U.S. Patent No. 10,129,503 of Apple tells a software and hardware solution that creates a camera-toting Apple Watch, that is both handy and feasible. Using a camera-toted Watch, consumers can put aside a heavy handheld device while playing sports, exercising or doing other energetic activities.
However, a feasible smartwatch solution is hard to accomplish. Apple has addressed the petitions of expected problems by proposing a system. In the system, a wide-angle lens is placed on a sensor deployed into the watch band. Then again, different cameras will be able to collectively capture picture data that is flawlessly organized to develop one constant picture with an area of view much broader than the ability of any single-lens camera.
The subsequent broad-angle picture decreases the requirement of accurate aiming. As a substitute for enclosing subject matter earlier, the final image or video can be cropped to get the target image. This procedure can be performed manually or algorithmically by the user.
Apple observes the method also improves the level of convenience that is not generally given to portable camera consumers. For instance, crop-after-capture can help in capturing the spur of moment events.
Further, the patent investigates teleconferencing. Here, again, Apple gives attentive context to the suggested tech.
In a few examples, the watch processes a taken picture and performs facial recognition technology to identify a user’s face. The tool animatedly gives out a cropped picture with a focus on the recognized face, with constant efforts to keep the visage in a frame even if the watch is moving.
Maybe, the most amazing thing is the likelihood of correcting ugly “up nose” angles. If Watch is being used for FaceTime call, and the device is not being held directly in front of the face, the consequent picture would be taken from a low vantage point.
To remove “up nose” sots, Apple suggests giving out a picture of a consumer’s face that seems to be captured from a straight-on angle.
The camera captures the motion data and then the watch processes it, after which it is mapped onto the computer produced picture, which imitates a consumer’s facial movements and expressions in real time.
On the other hand, source movement data can be utilized to tell about the motion of inhuman avatars such as Apple’s Memoji and Animoji.
It still remains unknown whether Apple wants to integrate its Apple Watch camera band tech. In 2015, there were rumors about the company to deploy FaceTime camera into the upcoming Apple Watch model, though that didn’t really happen.
In September 2016, Apple’s camera watch band patent was originally registered and Megan A. McClain and Seung Wook Kim were its creators.