Patent published on May 23, 2024

AT&T Patent: Identify and Prove Ownership of Virtual Reality Objects

NEW YORK TIMES - In a major breakthrough for the virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) industry, AT&T Intellectual Property has recently been granted a patent to address a critical issue that has plagued the extended reality (XR) environment. The patent, titled "Proof of Ownership of Extended Reality Objects" with the patent number US20240169363A1, aims to ensure the secure identification and traceability of virtual objects within XR worlds.

The core problem being solved by this patent is the lack of clarity and security in determining ownership and authenticity of virtual objects. Currently, users face difficulties in discerning the ownership status of VR objects and identifying potential security risks within XR environments. Unlike secure web pages that display a lock icon indicating an encrypted and trusted connection, the metaverse lacks a definitive way to verify the security measures or ownership of each object.

To tackle this issue, AT&T's patent brings forth an ingenious solution. By implementing provable ownership to every object found in XR environments, this technology enables users to visually identify and trace the origin of each object. This breakthrough innovation offers two significant benefits: the identification of objects that do not belong within the XR environment and the ability to confidently transfer ownership between users.

Imagine a scenario where a user encounters a suspicious or potentially harmful virtual object within an XR world. With AT&T's patented technology, it becomes possible to quickly identify unverified objects and remove them, ensuring a safer and more secure experience for all users. Additionally, the ownership chain associated with each object allows for a smooth transfer of ownership, simplifying the process of transferring objects from one owner to another.

This groundbreaking technology can revolutionize the XR landscape. Picture a metaverse where every virtual object is marked, highlighted, or visually identified as owned by a specific user. Trusted objects can be easily distinguished from potentially harmful ones or objects with unknown ownership. Users will have the confidence to explore and interact within XR environments, knowing that security measures are in place to protect them from malicious objects.

Real-life examples of how this patented technology can be utilized abound. In an XR gaming environment, players can buy, sell, or trade virtual assets, knowing that they have proof of ownership for each item. In the world of virtual real estate, users can confidently invest in virtual properties, secure in the knowledge that their ownership is verifiable and traceable. Additionally, within social VR platforms, users can showcase their owned virtual objects, establishing their credibility and distinguishing themselves within the community.

It is worth noting that this patent represents a significant milestone in the XR industry. However, it is important to remember that a patent does not guarantee market availability. The technology described in this patent may or may not find its way into the hands of consumers, depending on various factors and business decisions.

AT&T's patent, "Proof of Ownership of Extended Reality Objects," holds great promise for the future of virtual reality and augmented reality. With increased security, traceability, and ease of ownership transfer, a new era of trust and confidence can be realized within XR environments. As the metaverse continues to evolve, this breakthrough technology can help shape a safer and more reliable virtual world for all.

P.S. This article discusses a recently published patent (US20240169363A1) titled "Proof of Ownership of Extended Reality Objects" by AT&T Intellectual Property. It is important to note that the availability and commercialization of this patented technology are dependent on various market factors and business decisions.

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