Apple files another patent application to make sure a headset is being worn correctly

Apple files another patent application to make sure a headset is being worn correctly
Last month, the USPTO published a patent application made by Apple for a method that uses capacitive proximity sensors to determine whether a consumer is wearing his Apple headset correctly. The technology mentioned in the patent application would "recognize ear patterns" belonging to the wearer and determine whether the left speaker was indeed covering the left ear. After all, as the application mentioned, if the left speaker was mistakenly placed over the right ear, the user could end up in the position of watching a movie with action taking place on the left side of the screen resulting in sound being heard in the right ear.

Wearing a headset the wrong way around is apparently such a global problem that Apple has come up with another solution to solve this important problem. In a patent application published last week by the USPTO, the tech giant has once again addressed this issue. The title of this submission is "System and method for automatic right-left ear detection for headphones," and is based on the premise that there are only two different ways to wear a headset.

The new application uses five microphones placed in and around each ear cup. The array of microphones will help the headset determine whether the wearer has the ear cups placed over the correct ears by measuring the volume of the user's voice. Two microphones, one from each ear cup, could be used to perform this task, or three mics from one ear cup could relay enough data to determine the orientation of the headset's speakers.

After determining the orientation of the headset, the device would make sure that the ear cup worn over the left ear receives sound from the left channel, and the the ear cup over the right ear is receiving sound from the right channel. 



1. cmdacos

Posts: 4333; Member since: Nov 01, 2016


2. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

As long as I can remember, all headphones I ever own always have different cup orientation for each side (same shape but mirrored from each other), so it's impossible to wear it backward without feeling something wrong.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Let's say, fruit company releases new headphones with faults or design flaws. What will they say, you are wearing it wrong?

4. Tipus

Posts: 906; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

When you ran out of things to patent, but your boss tells you to come up with something :)))

5. cmdacos

Posts: 4333; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

This is perfect for your customers that you also have to remind how to breathe properly.

6. abhicool

Posts: 49; Member since: Sep 25, 2018

What an idea sir ji What an inovation. Now we don't need to see which one is "L" written and which one is "R". Rotten apple all the way.

8. midan

Posts: 3124; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

yes that is very annoying, especially when you do that many times a day. This will be so good and removes one annoying thing about headphones.

7. midan

Posts: 3124; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

What a great little feature which benefit everyone.

9. hansip87

Posts: 231; Member since: Nov 10, 2015

Nice patent actually. So no hardwired L and R channel.

10. lawsonamy

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 12, 2018

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