Apple files for still another patent regarding avatar creation

Apple has filed for still another patent (number 20290339847) for an avatar creation user interface. It’s one of a half-dozen such patent filings.

It involves the company’s Animoji and Memoji features. Animojis allow a user can select an avatar to represent themselves. The Animoji can move and talk as if it were a video of the user. Animojis enable users to create personalized versions of emojis in a fun and creative way.

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Memoji is the name used for iOS’s personalized “Animoji" characters that can be created and customized right within Messages by choosing from a set of inclusive and diverse characteristics to form a unique personality. 

In the filing for the patent, Apple says that some techniques for creating and editing avatars are generally “cumbersome and inefficient.” For example, some existing techniques use a complex and time-consuming user interface, which may include multiple key presses or keystrokes. 

Apple says that many existing techniques require more time than necessary, wasting user time and device energy. The tech giant think sit has a “faster, more efficient method.”

Here’s Apple’s summary of the invention: “In some examples, an avatar feature user interface includes a plurality of feature options that can be customized to create an avatar. In some examples, different types of avatars can be managed for use in different applications. In some examples, an interface is provided for navigating types of avatars for an application.”