- Microsoft already released a light controlling feature on Windows 11, but this is next level.
- The technology would automatically detect and establish a 'no-light zone'.
- It could be used for a plethora of applications.
Among a plethora of AI-based features, Microsoft has been releasing this year (Windows Copilot, Intelligent Recap in Teams, AI capabilities in OneDrive, and so many more), the Redmond-based tech giant recently filed a patent for a new AI-based light illumination control system technology.
Suggestively called ILLUMINATION LIGHT CONTROL BASED ON ORIENTATION, the patent was filed by Microsoft in 2022, but it was only released to the public, last month, in September.
The patent describes an AI-based technology that cleverly controls light in any environment it is placed. There is a computer system that has a light source that shines light into the surrounding area. The computer also has a sensor that maps the way the light source is pointing.
This computer will then use that map to set up a ‘no-light zone’ in the surrounding area. Depending on which way the light source is pointing, the computer controls it to shine light only towards areas outside the ‘no-light zone’, while avoiding the ‘no-light zone’ completely.
Microsoft could release a light illumination control system
It could be released both as a standalone product on its own or as a technology integrated into newer Windows operating systems, such as Windows 12.
The technology would be useful in a lot of cases. For example:
- Automotive Lighting: In cars, this system could be used to control headlights. The ‘no-light zone’ could be where other vehicles are detected, preventing/enabling headlights, as per every case.
- Home Lighting: In a smart home, this system can control room lighting based on where people are. The ‘no-light zone’ could be unattended areas and rooms, saving energy by not lighting up empty spaces.
- Security Systems: In security lighting, the system could direct light toward potential intruders while keeping other areas in darkness, making it harder for intruders to hide.
- Stage Lighting: In theaters or during concerts, this system could control spotlights to follow performers on stage, while keeping the audience in the ‘no-light zone’.
- Agriculture: In indoor farming, this system could ensure plants get optimal light for growth, while areas, where workers move, could be kept as ‘no-light zones’ to avoid dazzling them.
These features are currently patented, and this means that Microsoft has been actively thinking about developing these sorts of light illumination control systems. We’ve already discussed the idea that Windows 12 might feature a lot more AI than originally expected. So it’s not a surprise if Microsoft could with such a system.
There is currently an adaptive dimming feature in Windows 11, which lets users control the dimming effect of their screens with their gaze, so Microsoft is definitely thinking about expanding on it.
But what are your thoughts about it?