When Google Glass was announced, it wasn’t too surprising to hear that other companies were rumored to be interested in something similar as well, with reports claiming that companies like Samsung and Microsoft could have something in the works as well. In fact it wasn’t too long ago that it was revealed that Apple had a prototype in the works, and thanks to a new patent, more information about said prototype has been revealed. According to the patent, it describes a goggle-like device that basically looks like the diagram above, although unlike Google Glass which seems to be more functional and offers up more features, this particular patent feels more straightforward.
It basically allows the wearer to view media through the goggles, albeit at a larger view compared to their mobile device’s display. There are other features described in the patent, such as the ability for the goggles to individually account for the wearer’s eyesight, where someone with prescription glasses might have different powered lenses on each side. “In some embodiments, the goggle system may include data processing circuitry operative to adjust left and right images generated by the optical components to display 3-D media, or account for a user’s eyesight limitations.”
We’re not too sure if this is the same prototype that was discussed last time, but it sounds pretty close. The patent was filed for back in 2008, so chances of this being new technology is slim. There’s no telling if Apple will ever realize this patent, but for now we can only imagine what it would be like.