HTC has been granted a patent for a method to activate system functions using hand gestures. The method involves tracking hand gestures, rendering a hand object in visual content, and displaying icons on the hand object that correspond to system functions. When an icon is triggered, the corresponding system function is activated. GlobalData’s report on HTC gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Method for activating system function using hand gestures

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: HTC Corp

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11775077B2) describes a method for activating system functions using hand gestures. The method involves tracking a hand gesture and rendering a hand object in a visual content. If the palm of the hand gesture is facing the user and the wrist flexion angle is within a specific range, the orientation of the hand gesture is determined to be within a predetermined range. If the hand object is within the field of view of the visual content and satisfies a predetermined condition, at least one icon is shown on the finger object of the hand. Each icon corresponds to a system function. When a specific icon is triggered, the corresponding system function is activated.

The method also includes the ability to move the icons along with the corresponding finger object. Additionally, the patent describes different scenarios for triggering the icons. For example, if the distance between a reference finger joint and a first finger joint is less than a distance threshold for a predetermined time length, a specific icon is triggered. In response to this trigger, a notification can be provided to indicate the accumulated time of the distance being less than the threshold.

The patent also mentions that the system functions can correspond to physical buttons on a handheld controller connected to the host. These physical buttons may be invisible in the visual content. Furthermore, the method takes into account the design of the application providing the visual content. If the application is designed with specific system functions corresponding to the icons, those functions are determined to be the system functions. If no specific functions are designed, default system functions of the host are used.

The patent also covers a host device that includes a storage circuit and a processor to perform the method described. Additionally, a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium is mentioned, which contains an executable computer program that can be loaded by a host to perform the steps of the method.

Overall, this patent describes a method for activating system functions using hand gestures and provides various scenarios and conditions for triggering icons and activating corresponding functions.

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