Apple would like to use its sensors to detect the music and programs you like

Apple is working on a system of detecting your attention to better understand the music and programs you like. AppleInsider unearthed a patent dubbed “ Proactive actions based on audio and body movements ”, which presents how the Apple intends to go about detecting your attention and what it could do with it.

Drawing representing the patent.

In practice, the iPhone could cross information from different sources to find out if you like music or if it leaves you cold. ” The method identifies a temporal relationship between one or more elements of audio and one or more aspects of bodily motion “says Apple.

The aim would be, for example, to detect if the user is moving his head to the rhythm of the music or if he is dancing. Although it’s not said clearly, Apple could detect motion through AirPods or iPhones using their built-in accelerometers and gyroscopes. The different sensors of the Apple Watch (thermometer, heart rate, etc.) are also mentioned. The tracks listened to themselves could participate, the patent specifying that there could be ” metadata for a title specifying the positions of the beats in the song “.

The idea does not stop at music and could also concern live sporting events. The device could detect your reaction after a goal during a football match and act accordingly. If your body isn’t responding minimally, the algorithm might conclude that you’re not really interested.

The software could also detect outside sound by recognizing music played at a party or on the street. If the system understands that you are responding positively, it may save the information and add it to your profile. Obviously, the whole thing would be optimized so as not to constantly scan and drain the battery of the devices.

This interest could be used for several things, such as automatically adding a song to favorites, grafting metadata to a profile, or recommending similar tracks to it. The system could offer notifications with the name of the artist heard previously and links to listen to it or discover a similar playlist. The patent specifies that it would be possible to refuse the collection of this information for users who are not interested.


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