Apple granted another patent for avatar creation and editing

Apple has been granted another patent (number 10,362,219) for avatar creation and editing. 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. 

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Animojis enable users to create personalized versions of emojis in a fun and creative way.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 patent filing, Apple notes that some current techniques for avatar creation and editing using electronic devices “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. Existing techniques require more time than necessary, wasting user time and device energy. This latter consideration is particularly important in battery-operated devices. Apple says its proposed method “provides electronic devices with faster, more efficient methods and interfaces for avatar creation and editing. Such methods and interfaces optionally complement or replace other methods for avatar creation and editing.”

Here’s Apple’s summary of the invention: “The present disclosure generally relates to creating and editing user avatars. In some examples, guidance is provided to a user while capturing image data for use in generating a user-specific avatar. In some examples, a user interface allows a user to intuitively customize a user avatar. 

“In some examples, avatars are generated for a messaging session based on an avatar model for a user of the messaging application. In some examples, an avatar editing interface updates a user avatar in response to gestures and based on the type of gesture and the avatar feature that is selected for editing.”