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Apple Granted 60 Patents Today Covering Depth Mapping for Face Detection, a New Flexible Lighting Connector Dock & More

March 25, 2015 | Telepresence Options


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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 60 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover two of Apple's distinct granted patents. The first one was first highlighted in our 2013 report titled "Take a Peek at a Few Key PrimeSense Patents that Apple Gained." The patent covers in-depth 2D and 3D mapping in context with face detection which is a precursor to facial recognition. In the second patent we cover a new iPhone dock using a flexible connector system. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.


Apple's newly granted patent covers their invention relating to image processing, and particularly to detection of faces in images.


A necessary precursor to face recognition in many application environments is face detection: processing a captured image to determine whether there are any faces in the image and, if so, determining the location and extent of each face. Face detection is also useful in other applications, such as content-based image retrieval, video coding, video conferencing, crowd surveillance, and intelligent human-computer interfaces. The human face is a dynamic object, however, and has high degree of variability in its appearance, which makes face detection a difficult problem in computer vision.

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