Apple has been granted a patent for their Vision Pro headset, which outlines the concept of altering a user's mood through computer-generated content. This idea may seem like it's straight out of a sci-fi novel, reminiscent of Philip K. Dick's 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?'
The patent suggests that users could request specific feelings, such as relaxation, happiness, or even fear, and the device would present content accordingly to induce the desired mood. Data collected from various sources would help the device determine the user's current mood and past reactions to different types of content.
While this patent is focused on augmented reality and virtual reality, it hints at the possibility of combining mood-altering effects with immersive experiences.
To alter a user's mood, the Vision Pro headset would present computer-generated content based on the desired feeling. For example, if a user wants to feel more alert, the device might display an image of a standing dog, while a video of a hummingbird could help induce relaxation.
The device would collect data from various sources, including audio, psychological measurements, body pose data, and eye tracking data, to determine the user's mood. By analyzing the user's existing and past reactions to different content, the device could improve its ability to produce effective mood-altering experiences.
Combining mood-altering effects with virtual reality or augmented reality content could enhance immersion during activities like watching movies or playing games.
While Apple's patent may seem innovative, there are concerns about the potential misuse of a device that can alter a user's mood. Rigorous safeguards would be necessary to ensure the technology is used responsibly and ethically. Apple would need to address privacy concerns and gain user trust before implementing such a system.
The patent could simply be an exploration of fantastical ideas, and it remains uncertain whether it will be integrated into the Vision Pro headset. However, it provides insight into the direction Apple may be considering for future headsets.