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苹果AR眼镜:预期中的智能设备发生了什么?

Apple AR Glasses: What Happened To Anticipated Smart Device?
苹果AR眼镜:预期中的智能设备发生了什么?
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2019-07-19 21:50
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苹果AR眼镜:预期中的智能设备发生了什么?

A new patent reveals Apple’s plans to include eye-tracking technology to its AR glasses that is reportedly in limbo at the moment.

一项新专利披露,苹果计划在AR眼镜中加入眼球追踪技术。据报道,AR眼镜目前处于不确定状态。

Previous reports indicated that Apple’s AR glasses, which was believed to be in the works, is in limbo after designer Jony Ive left the Cupertino tech giant left the company to start his own firm. A new patent, however, shows Apple’s plans for the AR glasses to have eye-tracking capabilities, which will set it apart from other AR glasses in the market today.

此前有报道称,苹果的AR眼镜在设计师乔尼·伊夫(Jony Ive)离开这家位于库比蒂诺(Cupertino)的科技巨头,创办自己的公司后,就陷入了困境。据信,这款眼镜正在研发之中。然而,一项新的专利显示,苹果计划让AR眼镜具备眼球追踪功能,这将使它有别于目前市场上的其他AR眼镜。

According to a patent published recently by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Apple is thinking of several ways to give its AR glasses eye-tracking capabilities. The patent, “Head mounted eye tracking device and method for providing drift free eye tracking through a lens system,” describes how this headset will track at least one eye by means of one or more cameras or sensors.

根据美国专利商标局(U.S. patent and Trademark Office)最近公布的一项专利,苹果正在考虑几种方法,让AR眼镜具备眼球追踪功能。该专利“头戴式眼睛跟踪装置和通过镜头系统提供无漂移眼睛跟踪的方法”描述了该耳机如何通过一个或多个相机或传感器跟踪至少一只眼睛。

The patent, first spotted by Patently Apple, described two embodiments that differ in one key component: lenses. The first embodiment described a headset where the wearer looks through an optical component made of one or more lenses, prisms or other optical component. The second embodiment, on the other hand, has free form lenses.

这项专利最初是由专利公司Patently Apple发现的,它描述了两个在一个关键组件上有所不同的实施例:镜头。第一实施例描述了一种耳机,其中佩戴者通过由一个或多个透镜、棱镜或其他光学组件构成的光学组件进行观察。另一方面,第二实施例具有自由形状的透镜。

Regardless of the type of lenses used, the eye-tracking headset will keep track of where the eye looks using light. A camera will take pictures of the wearer’s eye to determine where it is looking, using methods such as raytracing, undistorting camera images, and reconstructing the eyes in virtual coordinate systems.

不管使用哪种镜片,眼球追踪耳机都能追踪到眼睛在光线下的位置。相机将通过光线追踪、不失真的相机图像,以及在虚拟坐标系中重建眼睛等方法,对佩戴者的眼睛进行拍照,以确定自己在看什么。

Without delving any deeper into the technicalities presented in the patent, we can summarize the design in this sentence: this is an eye-tracking device that uses cameras, light and specific technologies to monitor a wearer’s eye movements.

无需深入浅出地研究专利中的技术细节,我们可以用这句话来总结设计:这是一款眼球追踪设备,使用摄像头、光线和特定技术来监控佩戴者的眼球运动。

When can we expect this to arrive?

我们什么时候能达到?

While the patent describes interesting technology that might find some useful applications in the future, it’s unclear if Apple will actually put this in a pair of AR glasses. At the moment, we don’t even have an announcement date for the AR glasses.

尽管这项专利描述了一项有趣的技术,可能会在未来发现一些有用的应用,但目前还不清楚苹果是否真的会把这项技术用在一副增强现实眼镜上。目前,我们甚至还没有AR眼镜的发布日期。

A Digitimes (paywall) report said Apple suspended its development, but since Apple itself hasn’t said anything about it yet, it’s best to take it all with a grain of salt. The patents prove Apple’s plans, but until the Cupertino tech giant confirms or denies reports, it’s best to take them lightly.

《电子时报》(digital times)的一份付费墙(paywall)报道称,苹果暂停了其开发,但由于苹果自己尚未对此发表任何评论,所以最好对此事有所保留。这些专利证明了苹果的计划,但在这家库比蒂诺(Cupertino)科技巨头证实或否认相关报道之前,最好不要太在意它们。

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