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1. US20160353988 - Capacitive sensors for determining eye gaze direction

Office
United States of America
Application Number 14729524
Application Date 03.06.2015
Publication Number 20160353988
Publication Date 08.12.2016
Grant Number 09888843
Grant Date 13.02.2018
Publication Kind B2
IPC
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Applicants Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
Inventors Christian Moller
Flavio Protasio Ribeiro
Agents Lempia Summerfield Katz LLC
Title
(EN) Capacitive sensors for determining eye gaze direction
Abstract
(EN)

An apparatus for tracking eye gaze includes a capacitive sensor array having a plurality of capacitive sensors. The capacitive sensor array is configured to detect eye movement based at least on a proximity of the plurality of capacitive sensors to a part of an eye of a user (e.g., a bulge in the cornea). A frame of the apparatus is configured to be worn on a head of the user and configured to support the capacitive sensor array positioned in front of the eye. A control circuit of the apparatus is configured to receive signals from the capacitive sensor array. A body electrode of the apparatus is positioned on the frame and electrically connected to the control circuit, the body electrode configured to establish an electrical connection with a body of the user. A conductive line of the apparatus connects the body electrode to the control circuit.