Apple exploring head-mounted display in form of glasses

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in Future Apple Hardware edited January 2014
A new patent application from Apple revealed this week shows a wireless display users would wear on their head in the form of glasses or goggles.



The application, entitled "Head-Mounted Display Apparatus for Retaining a Portable Electronic Device with Display," shows a pair of goggles with an integrated screen and headphones. The device could wirelessly communicate with another device, like an iPhone, to share content or control the headset.



Apple notes that current head-mounted devices often are unwieldy and too complex. The proposed invention would simplify the system and eliminate "redundant features."



"There is a need for an improved head-mounted display system, particularly a system that temporarily integrates or merges both mechanically and electronically a head-mounted device with a portable electronic device," the application reads.



The document describes a head-mounted device with a frame that places a screen directly in front of the user's eyes. The glasses could be configured to wirelessly display the content shown on the accompanying iPhone screen.



The system would also adjust the image so that it would be appropriate for the close-up viewing necessary for the glasses to work. The form factor, the application states, would allow the user to "relax while viewing image based content on the head-mounted device because he does not have to hold onto the portable electronic device."







In addition to a display screen, the head-mounted display could include controls, a camera, microphone, speaker, batteries, sensors and more. These could be used for unique control methods while wearing the glasses.



"For example," the application reads, "accelerometers on the head-mounted device and/or the portable electronic device can be used to detect the user's head movements. In this example, the head-mounted device... can associate a particular head movement with a command for controlling an operating of the head-mounted display system.







"As yet another example, the head-mounted system... can utilized a proximity sensor on one or both of the head mounted device and portable electronic device to detect and identify the relationship between the two devices or to detect and identify things in the outside environment."



Filed for on Aug. 30, 2008, the application is credited to Quin C. Hoellwarth.



Previous patent applications from Apple have shown interest in portable electronics that can be worn on the head. To date, its most wearable device is the iPod shuffle.



Earlier this year, one patent application described a motion-sensing headset that could calculate its orientation to determine whether the user wanted to use the device, or leave it in standby.
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  • Reply 1 of 43
    Aprils fools ;-) Did they figure out eyelash gestures?
  • Reply 2 of 43
    moxommoxom Posts: 326member
    April fools?



    Hmm...
  • Reply 3 of 43
    macapfelmacapfel Posts: 517member
    Apple did it again! It is just sooo stylish! I want one of those, the day they come out!
  • Reply 4 of 43
    bb stingbb sting Posts: 86member
    Well, if anyone's gonna invent a holodeck it'll be Apple, unfortunately the brains AND the balls behind Apple's aggressive strategies won't be with us forever
  • Reply 5 of 43
    quadra 610quadra 610 Posts: 6,746member
    Apple should focus on cleaning up the App Store and putting full OS X on their MaxiPad, never mind more ridiculous patents.
  • Reply 6 of 43
    applerulezapplerulez Posts: 108member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post


    The application, entitled "Head-Mounted Display Apparatus for Retaining a Portable Electronic Device with Display," shows a pair of goggles with an integrated screen and headphones. The device could wirelessly communicate with another device, like an iPhone, to share content or control the headset.




    This is the most innovative thing ive ever seen! Nobody has aver made anything like this!



    How does Apple keep coming up with new ideas?
  • Reply 7 of 43
    cabcab Posts: 2member
    iSpy?
  • Reply 8 of 43
    andyappleandyapple Posts: 152member
    iSaw.
  • Reply 9 of 43
    rot'napplerot'napple Posts: 1,839member
    HUD Glasses, huh?...



    Well at least it wasn't some mind telepathy getup... Now let get back to the future... Enjoy your April Fools, people!



  • Reply 10 of 43
    ilogicilogic Posts: 298member
    iLense
  • Reply 11 of 43
    cabcab Posts: 2member
    iEye .
  • Reply 12 of 43
    robin huberrobin huber Posts: 3,298member
    Apple and others have been struggling with this paradigm shift for years. It seems clear that the best way to create a big screen experience with a portable device is some form of HUD. The idea is simple but the implementation is fraught with difficulties. If anyone has a shot at getting it right it would be Apple. Even so, it will take a lot of trial and error in the marketplace before the form factor is solidified. Think of early big front wheel bicycles and steam powered cars with steering sticks.
  • Reply 13 of 43
    esummersesummers Posts: 912member
    An augmented reality type device may be the next big thing from Apple after the iPad, but it's better not look like this. This has got to be an April Fools joke. This reminds me of the laptop patent that slides in to the side of an iMac.
  • Reply 14 of 43
    paxmanpaxman Posts: 4,616member
    You'll look stoopit doing your multi touch gestures.
  • Reply 15 of 43
    robin huberrobin huber Posts: 3,298member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by esummers View Post


    An augmented reality type device may be the next big thing from Apple after the iPad, but it's better not look like this. This has got to be an April Fools joke. This reminds me of the laptop patent that slides in to the side of an iMac.



    Patent drawings are always clunky and schematic. First, because the final form isn't even close to completion--many prototypes will be tried. Second, because they don't want to give away any more details than they have to to competitors. Just enough to capture the concept. We're probably several years from seeing glasses in the store.
  • Reply 16 of 43
    hill60hill60 Posts: 6,992member
    Maybe it will pair with the upcoming Verizon flip iPhone.
  • Reply 17 of 43
    finetunesfinetunes Posts: 2,065member
    Please do not wear these when driving. Cell phone distractions cause enough accidents.
  • Reply 18 of 43
    allblueallblue Posts: 393member
    The sooner we all get the chip brain implant permanently connected to the one big central computer the happier we will all be.
  • Reply 19 of 43
    pembrokepembroke Posts: 220member
    Ah, the Apple 'iLash'. It's a iWear for your iTouch/iPhone.



    It looks like the iLash is simply a frame to hold your iTouch or iPhone....interesting. Rather than wear spectacles to see your iPhone, just wear the iPhone!
  • Reply 20 of 43
    8corewhore8corewhore Posts: 833member
    Ten years ago I wore a similar device while having my fillings replaced. I watched City Slickers. It was a great viewing experience. I'm sure the ones today are better.



    I don't think apple would get into this though.
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