Sure, Google might have been the first company to show its head-mounted computer, the Glass, to the world, but this doesn't stop Apple from patenting the idea, does it? No, no, there's no need to go mad about this, it turns out Apple has filed this patent waaay back in 2006! Of course, the patent seems to be a bit vague (as most patents we've dealt with recently), and doesn't necessarily mean that Apple is working on a Glass-like device, but it does seem to have a lot in common with stuff like head-mounted displays projecting images to the user's eyes and other stuff like that.
Here's a brief description:
Methods and apparatus, including computer program products, implementing and using techniques for projecting a source image in a head-mounted display apparatus for a user. A first display projects an image viewable by a first eye of the user. A first peripheral light element is positioned to emit light of one or more colors in close proximity to the periphery of the first display. A receives data representing a source image, processes the data representing the source image to generate a first image for the first display and to generate a first set of peripheral conditioning signals for the first peripheral light element, directs the first image to the first display, and directs the first set of peripheral conditioning signals to the first peripheral light element. As a result, an enhanced viewing experience is created for the user.
Well, well, it seems we might be on the edge of the next big era in computing - wearable computers! Yeah, we know, we aren't too excited either, but if there are some of you guys, who'd love to express their enthusiasm for uber-geeky stuff like smart watches and glasses, feel free to do so in the comments!