Apple 13 Sep
Cupertino tech giant Apple didn’t enjoy the response that it earlier expected for HomePod speakers that were made available for purchase back in January 2018. Looking forward to the successor to that, Apple might be including some interesting features into it to make it a better deal for the potential customers.
A patent that surfaced online in this regard shares how Apple might include 3D hand gestures into the upcoming Apple HomePod in addition to supporting Face ID support. The patent shares how the smart speaker might offer visual feedback against hand gestures, which might be represented through LED lights that could be programmed to display different characters depending upon the different time of the day etc.
Note that the patent doesn’t directly mention that it's meant for HomePOd, but instead refers to a target device that could make use of it as ‘countertop speaker’. Apple acquired a company named PrimeSense which might be used to incorporate this technology into HomePod much like how Microsoft did with Xbox gaming console through Kinect motion sensor. The patent also shares ambient light sensing, showing weather forecast logo, logos for various sports teaming winning certain games, heart rate sensing and much more.
Likewise, the patent also shares a possibility of including an emoji-powered avatar that reflects the user’s mood or actions he/she performs. For example, when a user as Siri to purchase a gift, it could reflect a happy emoji while the speaker propagates its message. What do you think about this? Let us know in the comment section below.