– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 7,395,507
Today we highlight a fascinating 2008 patent assigned to Microsoft, discussing assessment techniques such as pupil tracking or head orientation sensors to identify where and what the user is focused on–and what types of information and/ or notifications to display accordingly.
U.S. Patent No. 7,395,507: Automated selection of appropriate information based on a computer user’s context.
- Assignee(s): Microsoft Corporation
- Inventor(s): James O. Robarts, Dan Newell, Kenneth H. Abbott
- Technology Category: Neuro-monitoring
- Issue Date: July 1, 2008
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