If you have AirPods you will know about their head tracking function, but Apple wants to take it much further, and thanks to two patents we know what are you thinkingor working on achieving whole-body tracking using your current smart devices like the iPhone or the apple watch.
It’s one of the patents filed in 2021 that talks about capturing inertial sensor data from a head-mounted device and using it to track changes in body posture.
This could detect all stages when a person sitting on a chair gets up or vice versa.
The patent also places special emphasis on monitoring the movement of the head with respect to the rest of the body.
Another newer patent, filed last year, talks about whole body tracking by getting data from different wearable devices like an Apple Watch or the AirPods.
These devices can be combined with modules such as the inertial sensor, altimeter, and camera, which are attached to different parts of the user’s body or clothing, to create a distributed sensing system.
This data from the inertia sensor and video data can be used to reconstruct a 2D skeletal model of the full body to create a 3D mesh model, something that could be combined with a machine learning model to predict our body movements. .
The second patent is especially interesting, because this type of body tracking can end up providing detailed information about a user’s movements, ideal, above all, for monitoring the progress of different physical activities or for monitoring the user’s health.
Possible uses would include not only training and monitoring of the user’s health, but also to know if a person has fallen or even applications that can understand full body sign languages.
They are just patents, but it is clear that Manzana You can think about including this type of technology in the medium or long-term future.