Patent application reveals a sketch of what Apple's AR glasses could look like

Patent application reveals a sketch of what Apple's AR glasses could look like
How important are Apple's rumored AR glasses to the future of the company? According to former Wall Street analyst Gene Munster, Apple Glasses will be bigger than the iPhone. Right now, with the iPhone about to take command of the tech world with its tenth anniversary model dubbed iPhone 8, that seems hard to believe. Munster forecasts a peak in iPhone sales by 2019 with Apple Glasses launching the following year.

Today, a patent application filed by Apple was published and it shows how AR features on glasses could label certain buildings. If it looks familiar, that's because Google Glass was supposed to offer similar features for consumers before it became a device for enterprise use. Apple's acquisition of  Metaio a couple of years ago gave the tech titan an Augmented Reality UI for wearables. The patent application that we are referring to today is based on a patent filed by Metaio in 2013, and presented to it earlier this year.

To navigate images, you might have to capture your finger on camera and use it as a pointing device. You won't be able to place your finger on the lenses like a touchscreen. That might seem a little tricky to accomplish, but just remember that these are early days for this device and a lot can change between now and Munster's anticipated 2020 launch.


source: USPTO via PatentlyApple, TheVerge

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5 Comments

1. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

Looks so.. sketchy Guess they just want to sue others with this patent

2. sgodsell

Posts: 7456; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

As far as others are concerned, they also have patents. Plus some MR headsets are arriving this year (in the fall). In case you didn't know what MR really is, well it's mixed reality. So both VR and AR. The headsets that are arriving this year have cameras in the front to track a users hands or objects in the immediate vaccinity​. Plus you have full immersion with VR as well. The best of both worlds.

3. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

The image shown in the article sure does look like a generic pair of them cinema glasses, and images from the source article don't show any unique design either. Won't put it past them to be using this as another patent troll tool, but hopefully Tim cook (or whoever takes over) doesn't go down that scumbag route.

4. Tipus

Posts: 894; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Patent troll

5. cleatglitch

Posts: 165; Member since: May 25, 2013

if they do ar glasses...facial recognition...full screen...gear S3 capable...i might have to jump inn on that

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