Apple Inc. (Cuptertino, CA)
This disclosure deals with adjusting image data to mitigate image burn-in on pixels of an electronic display.
This section is intended to provide the reader with diverse aspects and claims of art that may be related to the various aspects of current techniques. This discussion will provide background details that could be used to help the reader better comprehend the different aspects of this disclosure. These statements should not be considered to be prior art admissions.
A variety of electronic devices like televisions, portable phones wearable devices, computers, car dashboards, virtual reality glasses, and others–have electronic displays. As electronic displays get greater resolutions and dynamic ranges they are also vulnerable to display artifacts as a result of burn-in of pixels. Burn-in occurs when pixels diminish over time after emitting a particularly high amount of light over a period of time. The image data can be modified in time to accommodate for burn-in to prevent artifacts from appearing on electronic displays. While this may prevent certain visual artifacts caused by burn-in from appearing, it will not always stop the burn-in effect.Click here to view the patent on USPTO website.
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