Samsung patented a Gear VR with eye and face tracking

Samsung patented a Gear VR with eye and face tracking
A recently published Samsung patent application makes it apparent that the company is working on a new Gear VR headset with eye and face tracking features. Adding such capabilities to the headset will get rid of a considerable disadvantage, as more advanced headsets like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift come with face tracking and are able to operate stand-alone (though connected to a computer).

The patent drawings show the Gear VR headset updated with embedded sensors such as electrooculographic and infrared sensors for tracing eye and facial expressions. The patent was filled in May this year, but it's anyone's guess when Samsung might reveal the upgraded Gear VR. It could potentially happen with the introduction of the Galaxy S8 line-up around March next year.


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2 Comments

1. IT-Engineer

Posts: 566; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

They can patent the code the algorithm used behind it but they should not be able to patent the idea itself cause tracking eyes and face can and will be applied to many different kinds of tech, its something natural and everyone knows it. They should not have a patent for that. Just like Apple patenting slide to unlock or rounded corners icons! Crazy times!!!

2. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Patent is a complex subject. For consumer like me, no benefit period.

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