Patent published on September 26, 2023

Apple's Patent Might Make FaceTime an Interactive Helper During Video Calls

The cavemen used to say, "Necessity is the mother of Invention". This patent, US11769497B2, is a prime example. Announced by Apple, this patent aims to solve a problem we didn't even realize was plaguing us. The core issue being addressed is the lack of a seamless integration of a digital assistant in a video communication environment. To put it straightforwardly, while we're in a video call we often feel the need for a third hand that can perform some digital tasks for us. Our digital assistants, like Siri or Alexa, aren't really a part of the conversation.

For example, suppose you're having a video chat with your friend about your homework or a recent documentary you watched. You wished to have a little helper who could fetch some online resources while you continue your conversation. Current digital assistants can do these tasks but they are not wired to understand and respond contextually in a live video communication session.

Apple's patent tends to solve this. It plans on integrating an advanced digital assistant that will be an active participant in your video chats. This digital assistant will understand the conversation, know when it's being asked to perform tasks, and contribute productively to the conversation.

With this patent coming to life, you will be experiencing a vast change in your communication habits. Millennials who frequently juggle between screens while being on video calls, will find this new system a boon. For instance, if you're in a video call discussing a project report with your team, the digital assistant can present the report, find required information and perform numerous other digital tasks as you instruct it in real time, giving you a handier telecommunication experience.

Topping this all, while developing this patent Apple emphasizes the need of users' privacy and takes measures to ensure it. It also ensures that there won't be overlapping or duplication of tasks if there are multiple user devices present in a video session.

But let's take a moment to understand that patents are only an indication of a company's direction, and it doesn't guarantee that products based on it will positively hit the marketplace. Companies often file patents for new developments, but it may take different doors before actually materializing into a product.

In conclusion, if this patent comes to life, it has the potential to revolutionize how we perceive video calls and digital assistance. Nevertheless, all eyes will be on Apple to see how they bring this blueprint to reality and how it will eventually simplify our lives.

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