US Patent No. 10,368,378


Patent No. 10,368,378
Issue Date July 30, 2019
Title Controlling Electronic Devices Based On Wireless Ranging
Inventorship James H. Foster, Oxford (GB)
Duncan R. Kerr, San Francisco, CA (US)
Assignee Apple Inc., Cupertino, CA (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,368,378

1. A wireless-communication-device-implemented method for controlling an object, comprising:identifying, by the wireless communication device operated by a user, an intent gesture indicating an intent to control the object, wherein the object is located proximate to the wireless communication device;
determining, by the wireless communication device, the object associated with the intent gesture based at least in part on a wireless ranging operation, wherein the wireless ranging operation comprises using a wireless transmission characteristic to dynamically determine at least one of a distance between the wireless communication device and the object or a direction of the object relative to the wireless communication device to distinguish the object associated with the intent gesture from other proximal objects;
in response to determining the object, identifying, by the wireless communications device, an action gesture performed by the user, the action gesture indicating an intent to provide a command value to control the object by accessing sensor data generated by one or more sensors associated with the wireless communication device;
in response to identifying the action gesture, interpreting the sensor data to determine the command value; and
transmitting the command value to control the object.