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Apple Has Sights on ‘Gaze Detection’ Technology

Could future iPhone or iPad devices have gaze detection technology? A patent application recently filed by Apple reveals the company has its sights set on reading eye movement.

Apple detailed in a patent application a gaze detection function that would know when the user is looking at the screen and respond accordingly.

“An electronic device may have gaze detection capabilities that allow the device to detect when a user is looking at the device,” the filing said. “When the device detects that the user has looked away from the device, the device may dim a display screen and may perform other suitable actions. The device may pause a video playback operation when the device detects that the user has looked away from the device.”

The device would then resume video playback operation when the person looks back at the device.

“Gaze detector circuitry may be powered down when sensor data indicates that gazed detection readings will not be reliable or are not needed,” it continued.

The stop-and-go nature of the technology is reminiscent of Samsung’s Galaxy S4 Smart Stay and eye scrolling technology — the company previously filed for a “Samsung Eye Scroll” trademark and a patent for “Eye Pause.”

By Samantha Murphy, Mashable. Image via iStockphoto, webphotographer


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