Apple patent deals with luminescence shock

Luminescence shock avoidance technology could also potentially save battery power. (Source: Gadget Hacks)
Luminescence shock avoidance technology could also potentially save battery power. (Source: Gadget Hacks)
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has published a patent application for “Luminescence shock avoidance in display devices” that was filed by Apple in December 2017. Luminescence shock occurs when a device is turned on in a dark environment and the brightness of the display temporarily impairs the user’s vision.
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Apple has been awarded a patent by the USPTO in regard to luminescence shock caused by turning on a bright display in a dark environment. The Cupertino-based company wants to address this issue of being temporarily blinded by a smart device through the use of a “luminescence shock avoidance algorithm”. The abstract for the patent goes into further detail of how it could work:

The algorithm receives the state of the display (e.g. on or in standby mode), and can optionally receive an ambient lighting value from an ambient light sensor and a user-selectable manual brightness adjustment setting to determine whether luminescence shock avoidance should even be triggered, and if it is triggered, how much should the brightness level of the display be limited.

Naturally, devices like the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch could all benefit from this technology. Who hasn’t been suddenly blinded by turning on a too-bright smartphone when the desire for a night-time session of Fortnite becomes too strong to fight against? Unfortunately, just because the patent has been filed and published does not necessarily mean the technology will ever be developed or implemented.


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Daniel R Deakin, 2018-04-13 (Update: 2018-04-13)
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My interest in technology began after I was presented with an Atari 800XL home computer in the mid-1980s. I especially enjoy writing about technological advances, compelling rumors, and intriguing tech-related leaks. I have a degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies and count my family, reading, writing, and travel as the main passions of my life. I have been with Notebookcheck since 2012.