Patent published on April 9, 2024

MetaConduct: New Patent Revolutionizes Smart Devices with Skin Contact Detection

Meta Platforms Technologies has recently filed a patent under the title "Contact detection via impedance analysis" (Patent Number: US11956588B2). This patent introduces a groundbreaking solution to a major problem faced by users of smart devices - the issue of inadequate contact between the device and the user's skin.

The problem arises because traditional methods of ensuring proper contact for cartilage conduction, such as soliciting user feedback related to loudness and sound quality, are often cumbersome and inefficient. In many cases, lengthy audio calibration routines are required, relying on skilled users to provide accurate feedback during the calibration process.

However, Meta Platforms Technologies has revolutionized this aspect with their patented technology. By utilizing electrical impedance analysis, the device can now determine whether it is in sufficient contact with the user's skin to provide audio via cartilage conduction. This eliminates the need for time-consuming user feedback, making the process more accurate and efficient.

The patent outlines how the impedance analysis component can use a machine-learned model to determine whether the contact is with the user's skin or with another material. By applying multiple thresholds to various frequencies of electrical currents, the analysis becomes more accurate in assessing the level of contact and identifying materials that may impede the electrical currents.

The implications of this patent are far-reaching, promising improved sound quality and increased accuracy in delivering audio via cartilage conduction. This technology opens up possibilities for various gadgets to make use of cartilage conduction, including wearable gadgets like glasses, headsets, helmets, hearing aids, as well as mobile devices such as phones and tablets. It can also be applied to video game systems or controllers, headphones, earbuds, and other portable or stationary gadgets.

Imagine a world where users can seamlessly enjoy audio without the need for constant readjustment or calibration. With MetaConduct, the hypothetical name for the product that could incorporate this technology, users would experience enhanced convenience and audio quality. For example, individuals wearing glasses equipped with MetaConduct could engage in phone conversations or listen to music with exceptional clarity, even in noisy environments. The same applies to headsets or helmets where the audio would be transmitted directly through the user's bones, providing a more immersive experience.

It is important to note that being a patent, there is no certainty regarding whether Meta Platforms Technologies will bring this particular invention to market. Nevertheless, it is an exciting development that has the potential to revolutionize the way we interact with smart devices, enhancing our overall user experience.

P.S. Please note that this article is based on a recently published patent and there is no assurance that the technology described herein will be commercially available.

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