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Apple files patent for mixed reality headset that can track your facial expressions

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Apple has filed a new patent for a mixed reality headset that could feature an array of sensors to track the eyes, gestures and even facial expressions of its users.

Titled “Display System Having Sensors,” the patent filing — first reported by Variety — shows that the company intends to combine these inputs for a system “that provides 3D virtual views of a user’s environment augmented with virtual content.”

The application was filed with the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) on March 21, 2019.

It was published last week on July 18.

The proposed system could have hand sensors, “head pose sensors” that can capture information about the user’s position, orientation, and motion in the environment, “eyebrow sensors” to track expressions of the user’s eyebrows, and “lower jaw sensors” to track movement of the mouth and jaw.

Augmenting its capabilities further, the head-mounted display (HMD) can also supposedly capture data about the user’s environment — such as depth, lighting, etc.

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