Apple wants its devices to be more aware of lighting conditions
TweetFollow Us on Twitter

Apple wants its devices to be more aware of lighting conditions

An Apple patent (number 20100103172) has appeared at the US Patent & Trademark Office for a system and method for rendering ambient light affected appearing imagery based on sensed ambient lighting. In other words, Apple wants its devices to be more "aware" of the lighting conditions around them.

The patent is for a method for rendering ambient light affected appearing imagery on a two-dimensional display screen in dependence on sensed ambient lighting conditions about the display screen is disclosed. The method includes processing, on a microprocessor in control communication with the display screen, data defining sensed ambient lighting conditions about the display screen, and based on said data, determining at least one light source's location relative to the display screen and an intensity of light from that at least one light source at the display screen.

The method then includes rendering an image of a constructed scene on the display screen based on the determined location of the at least one light source relative to the display screen and the intensity of light from that at least one light source at the display screen and thereby presenting an ambient light affected image of the constructed scene on the display screen. The inventor is Gregor N. Purdy Sr.

Here's Apple's background and summary of the invention: "Consumers have access to a wide variety of electronic devices that have displays such as notebook computers, desktop computers, flat-screen televisions, cell phones and smart phones, among others. These electronic devices may contain an integrated display, such as is the case with many cell phones. Also, many devices such as some desktop and notebook computers are connected to a display such as an external monitor that is connected to the CPU of the computer, but not integrally constructed therewith.

"Some devices of this nature can contain an embedded light sensor capable of sensing ambient light conditions. The information is typically used to make brightness adjustments to the display based on the sensed ambient light level. For example, a device may automatically increase the brightness level of an associated display screen in a strong, bright ambient light environment. Similarly, the same device may automatically lower the brightness level of the display screen when a dim ambient light environment is detected. Adjusting the brightness of a display screen in this manner based on ambient light intensity is intended to result in a better viewing experience for the user, and it can as well provide power saving benefits, for instance when the power to the display is decreased during dimming.

"This disclosure appreciates the fact that imagery is typically presented on display screens of all types, including those types described above. In order to make the images more engaging, it has also been appreciated that if more specific sensed ambient lighting conditions (direction, intensity, color and the like) could be applied to the imagery, those images would be more realistic in appearance, and therefore more natural and pleasing to the viewer. Among other enhancements, characteristics of the imagery could be altered in view of actual ambient lighting conditions around the device. For example, the shading or brightness of the imagery could be made to correspond to the ambient light characteristics around the display screen.

"As an example, if a user is looking at a display of a notebook computer positioned on a desk and a lamp is positioned to the right of the notebook (see the graphic), it would be much more realistic if imagery on the display such as icons, windows and other graphical user interface elements were adapted to appear as though that shining lamp was affecting their appearance. In this context, the icons, windows and other graphical user interface elements would appear as though the light from the lamp on the desk was actually also shining on them. This can be accomplished by, among other things, altering the shading of the images to add shadow effects away from the light source and to add brightness effects toward the light source.

"Therefore, the present disclosure capitalizes on these lighting-induced naturally occurring effects that users have come to expect in the real world by adjusting the presentation of displayed images in dependence on the sensed ambient lighting conditions about the display screen. Among others, the sensed lighting characteristics can include direction, magnitude and color from multiple light sources that would affect the appearance of objects located where the display screen is positioned.

"... This disclosure describes a system and method for rendering ambient light affected imagery on a display screen based on sensed ambient lighting conditions. Systems, methods and computer readable media are disclosed for rendering such ambient light affected imagery based on sensed lighting conditions around the display. In a most basic sense, the present system presents images on a display screen in a way that mimics how ambient light would affect the appearance of the represented articles in the images if actually present.

"Using the example above of viewing a notebook display screen positioned on a desk with a lamp on the desk to the right of the notebook, the presently disclosed system and method presents images on the screen that correspond more realistically to what would be seen if the ambient lighting about the display were also affecting the articles being shown on the screen. Among other things, the direction of incidence, color, and strength of light emitting from one or more light sources near the display screen can be sensed and assessed, and then the images presented on the display screen can be correspondingly adapted to mimic the existing lighting effects.

"Similar to the computer/lamp example above where one light source is considered, the present disclosure also contemplates sensing and assessing lighting information about multiple light sources that each bear on the display screen. For example, the lamp to the right of the computer will affect the display screen. Furthermore, an overhead incandescent light could also affect the display screen. Additionally, the user can have a candle burning to the left of the notebook screen.

"The sensors in this example would collect information (detect lighting conditions) and output data representative thereof which when processed, allows the system to determine the direction of incidence and brightness of light at the respective sensor, and based thereupon, present images on the display in correspondence therewith. In this manner even the flickering effect from the candle can be reflected in the presentation of the imagery on the display screen. Similarly, if one of the light sources is turned off, such as the lamp to the right of the notebook in this example, the resulting effect can be simultaneously reflected in the presentation of the imagery on the display.

"Aspects of the method disclosed herein and the principles associated therewith are also applicable to the system and computer readable medium embodiments that are also described. Accordingly, a method for rendering ambient light affected appearing imagery on a two-dimensional display screen in dependence on sensed ambient lighting conditions about the display screen is disclosed. The method includes processing, on a microprocessor in control communication with the display screen, data defining sensed ambient lighting conditions about the display screen, and based on that data, determining at least one light source's location relative to the display screen and an intensity of lighting from that light source at the display screen.

"The method then includes rendering an image of a constructed scene on the display screen based on the determined location of the one or more light source(s) relative to the display screen (which can be assessed based on the angle of incidence of light detected at the sensor) and the intensity of light from the source(s) at the display screen in order to present an ambient light affected image of the constructed scene on the display screen.

"Exemplarily, the method can include adding shadow effects to the constructed scene based on the determined location of the light source(s) relative to the display screen and the intensity of light from the light source(s) at the display screen.

"The method can also include adding highlight or brightness effects to the constructed scene based on the determined location of the light source(s) relative to the display screen and the intensity of light from the light source(s) at the display screen.

"The method can also include adding both shadow effects and highlight effects to the constructed scene based on the determined location of the light source(s) relative to the display screen and the intensity of light from the light source(s) at the display screen.

"As described, the method can include determining, for a plurality of light sources, each light source's location relative to the display screen and an intensity of lighting from the source at the display screen and rendering the image of a constructed scene on the display screen based on the determined locations of the plurality of light sources relative to the display screen and the intensity of light from each of the light sources at the display screen.

"The method can include utilizing one or more detectors to sense the ambient lighting conditions about the display screen and output data defining sensed ambient lighting conditions about the display screen.

"In this embodiment, the one or more detectors can be utilized to sense a lighting-induced ambient color hue about the display screen and output data defining the sensed ambient color hue about the display screen. In this regard, the method can responsively include adding a color cast to the constructed scene based on the sensed lighting-induced ambient color hue detected about the display screen. For instance, if a red hue is detected, possibly from a red-colored light, a similar red color can be cast on the imagery displayed on the screen for uniformity with the surroundings.

"The detector can utilize, for example, light sensing semiconductor devices such as a photocell, photodiode, phototransistor, charge coupled device (CCD) or complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS). Additionally, the detector can utilize a vacuum tube device such as photo-electric tube or photomultiplier tube to detect the lighting characteristics. However, the system and method applies to all display screens, including those incorporated on portable computing devices or combination of devices that allow rendering ambient light affected appearing imagery on a two-dimensional display screen in dependence on sensed ambient lighting conditions about the display screen."

 
AAPL
$102.99
Apple Inc.
+0.52
MSFT
$44.38
Microsoft Corpora
-0.50
GOOG
$532.71
Google Inc.
+6.17

MacTech Search:
Community Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

OmniOutliner 4.1.3 - Organize your ideas...
OmniOutliner is a flexible program for creating, collecting, and organizing information. Give your creativity a kick start by using an application that's actually designed to help you think. It's... Read more
BBEdit 11.0 - Powerful text and HTML edi...
BBEdit is the leading professional HTML and text editor for the Mac. Specifically crafted in response to the needs of Web authors and software developers, this award-winning product provides a... Read more
Apple Security Update 2014-005 - For OS...
Apple Security Update is recommended for all users and improves the security of Mac OS X. For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website: http://support.apple.com/... Read more
EyeTV 3.6.6 - Watch and record TV on you...
EyeTV brings a rich TV experience to your Mac. Watch live TV on your Mac. Pause, rewind, and record whenever you want. EyeTV gives you powerful control over what you watch and how you watch it. Put... Read more
RapidWeaver 6.0 - Create template-based...
RapidWeaver is a next-generation Web design application to help you easily create professional-looking Web sites in minutes. No knowledge of complex code is required, RapidWeaver will take care of... Read more
NTFS 12.0.39 - Provides full read and wr...
Paragon NTFS breaks down the barriers between Windows and OS X. Paragon NTFS effectively solves the communication problems between the Mac system and NTFS, providing full read and write access to... Read more
RestoreMeNot 2.0.3 - Disable window rest...
RestoreMeNot provides a simple way to disable the window restoration for individual applications so that you can fine-tune this behavior to suit your needs. Please note that RestoreMeNot is designed... Read more
Command-C 1.1.5 - Clipboard sharing tool...
Command-C is a revolutionary app which makes easy to share your clipboard between iOS and OS X using your local WiFi network, even if the app is not currently opened. Copy anything (text, pictures,... Read more
Macgo Blu-ray Player 2.10.9.1750 - Blu-r...
Macgo Mac Blu-ray Player can bring you the most unforgettable Blu-ray experience on your Mac. Overview Macgo Mac Blu-ray Player can satisfy just about every need you could possibly have in a Blu-ray... Read more
Apple iOS 8.1 - The latest version of Ap...
The latest version of iOS can be downloaded through iTunes. Apple iOS 8 comes with big updates to apps you use every day, like Messages and Photos. A whole new way to share content with your family.... Read more

Latest Forum Discussions

See All

Fighting Fantasy: Caverns of the Snow Wi...
Fighting Fantasy: Caverns of the Snow Witch 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $5.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Travel to Northern Allansia’s perilous Icefinger Mountains to defeat the wicked Snow Witch in this... | Read more »
TinType by Hipstamatic (Photography)
TinType by Hipstamatic 1.0 Device: iOS iPhone Category: Photography Price: $.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Create hauntingly beautiful, soul capturing portraits with TinType by Hipstamatic. Inspired by daguerreotypes,... | Read more »
The Latest Update for Heroes of Dragon A...
The Latest Update for Heroes of Dragon Age Introduces Daily PvE Challenges Posted by Ellis Spice on October 22nd, 2014 [ permalink ] | Read more »
A New Trailer has Been Revealed for Epic...
A New Trailer has Been Revealed for Epic of Kings Posted by Jessica Fisher on October 22nd, 2014 [ permalink ] Dead Mage Inc. has released a new, action-packed trailer for the upcoming Epic of Kings. | Read more »
Find the Line Review
Find the Line Review By Campbell Bird on October 22nd, 2014 Our Rating: :: INSLIDE THE LINESUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Tease out beautiful line drawings in this unique, free-to-play puzzle game.   | Read more »
The Silent Age Episode 2 Review
The Silent Age Episode 2 Review By Jennifer Allen on October 22nd, 2014 Our Rating: :: ROUNDING THINGS OFF NICELYUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Rounding off a great point and click adventure comes The Silent Age... | Read more »
Craft Your Own Mini-Games with Papercade
Craft Your Own Mini-Games with Papercade Posted by Jessica Fisher on October 22nd, 2014 [ permalink ] iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad Scrapbookers move over, Scrapgaming is the new thing. | Read more »
Reshape Review
Reshape Review By Jennifer Allen on October 22nd, 2014 Our Rating: :: SIMPLE SHAPESUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Match triangles together to form cubes in this fast-paced and twitchy game.   | Read more »
Miika (Games)
Miika 1.0.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes) Description: Miika is a beautiful 3D puzzle game based on camera perspectives combined with the use of optical illusions. Miika challenges... | Read more »
Infuse Pro (Photography)
Infuse Pro 3.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Photography Price: $9.99, Version: 3.0 (iTunes) Description: ** All-new version 3 includes fully licensed and certified DTS® and DTS-HD® audio! ** | Read more »

Price Scanner via MacPrices.net

Save with Best Buy’s College Student Deals
Take an additional $50 off all MacBooks and iMacs at Best Buy Online with their College Students Deals Savings, valid through November 1st. Anyone with a valid .EDU email address can take advantage... Read more
iPad Air 2 & iPad mini 3 Best Tablets Yet...
The new iPads turned out to be pretty much everything I’d been hoping for and more than I’d expected.”More” particularly in terms of a drinking-from-a-firehose choice of models and configurations,... Read more
Drafts 4 Reinvents iOS Productivity App
N Richland Hills, Texas based Agile Tortoise has announced the release of Drafts 4 for iPhone and iPad. Drafts is a quick capture note taking app with flexible output actions. Drafts 4 scales from... Read more
AT&T accepting preorders for new iPads fo...
AT&T Wireless is accepting preorders for the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, cellular models, for $100 off MSRP with a 2-year service agreement: - 16GB iPad Air 2 WiFi + Cellular: $529.99 - 64GB... Read more
Apple offering refurbished Mac Pros for up to...
The Apple Store is offering Apple Certified Refurbished 2013 Mac Pros for up to $600 off the cost of new models. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each Mac Pro, and shipping is free. The... Read more
Select MacBook Airs $100 off MSRP, free shipp...
B&H Photo has 2014 a couple of MacBook Airs on sale for $100 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY sales tax only. They also include free copies of Parallels Desktop and LoJack for... Read more
13-inch 2.5GHz MacBook Pro on sale for $100 o...
B&H Photo has the 13″ 2.5GHz MacBook Pro on sale for $999.99 including free shipping plus NY sales tax only. Their price is $100 off MSRP. Read more
Strong iPhone, Mac And App Store Sales Drive...
Apple on Monday announced financial results for its fiscal 2014 fourth quarter ended September 27, 2014. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $42.1 billion and quarterly net profit of $8.5 billion... Read more
Apple Posts How-To For OS X Recovery
OS X 10.7 Lion and later include OS X Recovery. This feature includes all of the tools you need to reinstall OS X, repair your disk, and even restore from a Time Machine backup. OS X Recovery... Read more
Mac OS X Versions (Builds) Supported By Vario...
Apple Support has posted a handy resource explaining which Mac OS X versions (builds) originally shipped with or are available for your computer via retail discs, downloads, or Software Update. Apple... Read more

Jobs Board

Senior Event Manager, *Apple* Retail Market...
…This senior level position is responsible for leading and imagining the Apple Retail Team's global event strategy. Delivering an overarching brand story; in-store, Read more
*Apple* Solutions Consultant (ASC) - Apple (...
**Job Summary** The ASC is an Apple employee who serves as an Apple brand ambassador and influencer in a Reseller's store. The ASC's role is to grow Apple Read more
Project Manager / Business Analyst, WW *Appl...
…a senior project manager / business analyst to work within our Worldwide Apple Fulfillment Operations and the Business Process Re-engineering team. This role will work Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions (US) - A...
Job Description: Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, Read more
Position Opening at *Apple* - Apple (United...
…customers purchase our products, you're the one who helps them get more out of their new Apple technology. Your day in the Apple Store is filled with a range of Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.