Apple’s Vision Pro and EyeSight Concept Dates Back to 2017
In an official demonstration of Apple’s Vision Pro, the EyeSight display is typically used to show the user’s actual eye area. However, if you remember, the community has previously demonstrated the EyeSight’s reverse perspective effect using an iPhone, including various non-realistic eye postures such as cartoon-like eyes, and even using it as a front display to show various information.
Apple had already conceived this concept by at least 2017 and had applied for patent protection early on.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office recently published a patent application related to Apple’s “EyeSight.” While the invention titled “Wearable device for facilitating enhanced interaction” was submitted in September 2023, it can actually be traced back to a provisional patent filed in 2017.
In this invention, Apple proposed that a head-mounted device could carry a front display screen to map and present the user’s real eye postures, facilitating eye contact between the user of the headgear and others. Apart from mapping and displaying genuine eye postures, Apple also indicated that the display screen could be used to show eyes resembling those of cartoon and plush characters, as shown in the image above.
In addition to displaying eyes to enhance social interaction, Apple highlighted that this front display screen could solely function as a display to show various types of information. As shown in the image, it could be utilized to display expressions such as happiness, anger, and sadness, as well as information like the weather.
Notably, Apple also conceived a “Faceesight” version emulating “EyeSight,” which would display the user’s entire facial situation using a screen large enough to cover the entire face.
The invention titled “Wearable device for facilitating enhanced interaction” was submitted in September 2023 and was recently published by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. However, it can actually be traced back to a provisional patent filed in 2017.