Today, mixed in with Apple’s patents, was one from Intel that generally relates to the technical fields of mixed reality, including augmented reality and virtual reality, and more particularly to chemical sense response in mixed reality headsets. In addition to visual or audio effects, Intel notes that “simulating taste, smell, or other chemical sense responses may be useful in MR as well.”
What was interesting about the HMD device is that Intel notes that it could be powered by a variety of processors including Intel Core, AMD Ryzen, Qualcomm Snapdragon and Apple’s A series, S series and W series processors which are ARM processors; Processors that technically Intel could make since they now have a license with ARM.
Whether Intel has an HMD reference design that Apple could use or that Apple may be interested in Intel’s patented “chemical response storage” technology is unknown at this time. For now we’ll put this technology on our radar screen should it pop up in future designs or Apple patents. It’s certainly an interesting development for mixed reality headsets to make environments all that more real in the future.
Intel notes in their patent filing that there may be many kinds of chemical sense responses, e.g., taste & smell. For example, various tastes may include sweetness, umami or savory taste, salty taste, sour taste, bitter taste, spicy taste, starch taste, fat taste, metallic taste, an astringency taste, or a combination of several taste qualities.
For a user, a chemical sense response, e.g., taste or smell, may be activated when certain classes of chemicals contact specialized epithelial taste receptor cells in the tongue, palate, throat and, in some species, near the epiglottis and the upper esophagus. The various categories of taste stimuli detected at the periphery may be processed alone, or in combination, to stimulate the percepts associated with nutrients and toxins, to drive complex ingestion or rejection behaviors, and to initiate physiological processes.
A set of stimulations delivered to different users in different context may generate different chemical sense responses from the users. A user’s response to a set of stimulations may be impacted by the user age, personal background such as culture background, or an environment of the user.
In a MR system including chemical sense responses to a user, a set of stimulations may have a desired chemical sense response for the user with respect to the set of stimulations. However, in reality, there may be a variance between an actual chemical sense response and a desired chemical sense response by the user with respect to the set of stimulations. In order to achieve the desired chemical sense response for the user, embodiments herein may include continuous monitoring of the user’s responses with respect to a set of stimulations and adjustment of the set of stimulations to achieve a same or updated desired chemical sense response for the user.
Intel filed for this patent back in Q1 2018 and revealed today by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Glen Anderson: Senior UX Architect/Inventor in Smart Spaces, Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence, IoT, and Autonomous Driving. The other two inventors are from Israel and not listed in LinkedIn.
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