The US Patent & Trademark Office recently published a patent application from Microsoft that reveals a future computing system that will enable users to control the functionality of multiple displays that are before them by simply using visual controls. The visual controls are enacted by a head and/or eye tracking system residing in a display's camera system. A user will be able to quickly shift working on any document on any number of displays before them by simply focusing on a document that needs to be worked on without any special keystrokes or dragging motions. Beyond work related applications, Microsoft states that their new system will also work with future Smart TVs and TV guides.
Microsoft Invents Visual Focus Computing to Controls Display Functionality
Microsoft's invention generally relates to various technologies that pertain to using visual focus of a user to control display functionality. Visual focus information, which specifies a particular display from a set of displays on which the user is visually focused, can be received. The set of displays can include at least a first display and a second display. According to some embodiments, the first display and the second display can respectively interface with a first computational device and a second computational device, and the first computational device and the second computational device can interact.
In other embodiments, the first display and the second display can interface with a shared computation device. Further, the type of input that the first display is configured to receive from the user can be controlled based on the visual focus information.
Microsoft's patent FIG. 1 shown below illustrates a system that controls functionality of a display using visual focus in an environment that includes multiple displays.
Microsoft's patent FIGS. 7-8 illustrate an exemplary scenario showing utilization of a system (#700) that controls content rendered on a display based on visual focus in an environment that includes multiple displays.
As shown in FIG. 7, the user is visually focused on the top left display shown as # 702 in a three display example. This is sensed by a camera incorporated in the display or mounted on the display. By way of illustration, the visual focus information can be detected by the camera by performing eye tracking, head tracking, movement tracking, or the like on the output of the sensor.
To make it simple, if you had a different document sitting in each of the displays, your mouse and keyboard would work with the document that you're visually focused on without having to make any other adjustments or any kind of dragging motion with your mouse to accomplish this.
Designed to work with Future TV Systems Too
Microsoft also thinks that their system will be well suited for television. Microsoft states that "By way of example, a first display can render rich metadata about the television program being rendered on the second display. The type of input receivable from the user can permit detailed manipulation of the program guide."
Microsoft filed their patent application under serial number 249239 back in Q3 2011. Considering that this is a patent application, the timing of such a product to market is unknown at this time.
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