Apple finally granted patent for a VR headgear that it filed back in 2008

Apple finally granted patent for a VR headgear that it filed back in 2008
Virtual reality headgear have been somewhat "hot" during the 2014, as two of the larger names in the industry, Google and Samsung, both unveiled their takes on the virtual reality headwear - Google Cardboard and Gear VR, respectively. From the  looks of it, Apple might be at least considering the idea of making its own virtual-reality headgear, as it has recently been granted a patent for a gizmo that is nothing else but a VR wearable, according to the accompanying patent images.

Long story short, it's quite similar to Cardboard and Gear VR, because it requires you to snap in your iPhone or iPod inside it and enjoy media or games. According to the patent description, the unnamed Apple VR wearable comes with  both voice controls and hardware buttons. What's more, a built-in camera allows users to make use of a picture-in-picture feature, which will show them their surroundings while you're playing - yes, we know, this sounds quite vertigo-inducing!

Interestingly enough, PatentlyApple claims the patent has been originally filed all the way back in 2008, but it has been granted to Cupertino just recently. We also bet that if Apple is really forging such a VR gizmo, it will look nothing like the images in the gallery below. All things considered, it's advisable to take this with a  teaspoon of sodium chloride. After all, this is totally not the first time Cupertino has patented a smart headset - back in 2013, the iPhone maker received a patent for a similar piece of gadgetry


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56 Comments

17. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

LOL! This patent doesn't even include any lenses, just a holder for your phone! Ridiculously ├Âlame.

9. eN16HTMAR3

Posts: 253; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

Of course Apple would patent this even without having any need or want to make this device.

7. FluffyBled unregistered

Expect apple to sue Samsung for their Gear VR even though it got released first!

32. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Hardly, since Samsung has been working on this for a long time and also has patents predating this one. " But the history of Gear VR goes back to 2005, when Samsung obtained a patent on a headset holding an open clamshell phone" -http://www.cnet.com/news/the-history-of-samsungs-​gear-vr-virtual-reality-headset/

33. FluffyBled unregistered

I know dude ~_~ just kidding!

34. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Lol ok, it's hard to tell sometimes if people are kidding or not.

37. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You just didn't have a clue I guess.

38. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Ah mr broken record

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 23133; Member since: May 28, 2014

Another thing that Apple will not implement, but will sue others for nonetheless....Smh....

5. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Another thing meanest trolls apple about.

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 23133; Member since: May 28, 2014

Considering how much you troll BlackBerry and Andoid/Samsung/Motorola, you're the absolute last person to call anyone a troll. You're the troll that all young trolls aspire to be when they grow up.

16. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I see you aren't denying it.

18. meanestgenius

Posts: 23133; Member since: May 28, 2014

I see y ok u aren't denying it, either.

20. meanestgenius

Posts: 23133; Member since: May 28, 2014

*I see you

22. cheetah2k

Posts: 2346; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

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23. meanestgenius

Posts: 23133; Member since: May 28, 2014

Um, what?

24. KiwiRoundEye

Posts: 9; Member since: Apr 21, 2014

@cheetah2k LoL nice

26. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Looks like you need to retire your grammar cop badge.

27. meanestgenius

Posts: 23133; Member since: May 28, 2014

Looks like you need find a new job. You're starting to suck at trolling.

29. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Need to* You're slipping.

31. meanestgenius

Posts: 23133; Member since: May 28, 2014

Whoops! Had another "Damn you, autocorrect" moment. I was typing on an iPad. And you still need to find a new job. You're getting horrible at this trolling thing.

35. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Uh huh. Or maybe your typing is just off like everything else. No thanks, I don't think I need a new job. The one I have pays just well. I'll leave the "trolling thing" to you.

40. meanestgenius

Posts: 23133; Member since: May 28, 2014

So, you once again admit to your trolling...glad to see you're owning up to your own BS, because that's the only job you have.

43. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Reading comprehension. Learn it.

46. meanestgenius

Posts: 23133; Member since: May 28, 2014

Says the illiterate.

49. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Says the bumpkin.

51. meanestgenius

Posts: 23133; Member since: May 28, 2014

Says the iDiot.

54. Mxyzptlk unregistered

So says the Redberry fan.

56. meanestgenius

Posts: 23133; Member since: May 28, 2014

So says the guy that walked smack dab into Apple's "reality distortion field".

8. Iodine

Posts: 1520; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

iWhen did Apple last sused a company ? For your informatin, they aren't a patent troll, it's exactly the opposite of what iHaters claim - they are the biggest target of patent trolls, including samsung. And how do you know what they will implement or not ? Apple is working on hudreds of projects, but unlike other companies they don't rush all of them to the market - they pick the best ones and change the world with them.

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