Samsung files patent for device that Apple has reportedly given up on

The latest report has Apple giving up on its AR-based smartglasses project, which was considered to be its next big thing after the iPhone. Meanwhile, Samsung has filed a patent application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (via Patently Apple) related to its AR glasses. The patent application reveals a pair of glasses that turn on automatically when unfolded. A projector, located in the glasses' temple, beams light on a small display located a lens. Thick frames house the electronics used by the device, which could employ ARM-based processors.

A couple of years ago, Samsung released a video of a project called Monitorless which showed a pair of AR-based smartglasses that look very similar to the illustrations used in the patent application. These glasses connected to a Samsung handset via Wi-Fi while the phone connects to a user's PC with a cellular signal. This would allow users to see their desktop display through the glasses (hence the Monitorless name). Sammy showed off the Monitorless glasses at Mobile World Congress in 2017. Using electrochromic glass, the headset can be switched between Augmented and Virtual Reality. This type of glass can change their opacity by applying voltage to it.

While there are a smattering of smartglasses in the marketplace now, the most famous ones are Google Glass, still used by businesses. As a consumer product, the product failed because the device could not live up to the promise shown in the video Google released when it announced Project Glass in April 2012. The $1,500 price was also too high for the average consumer and fitting the glasses was an ordeal. Movie theaters banned them over fears that films would be recorded by the AR glasses' camera and some bars prevented patrons from wearing them because they could take pictures of their customers on the sly.

Samsung's patent was filed on January 2nd this year.



1. apple-rulz

Posts: 2195; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

“The patent application reveals a pair of glasses that turn on automatically when unfolded.” Samsung has shown they aren’t very astute in developing foldable devices that are reliable, so I doubt these glasses will see the light of day.

3. lyndon420

Posts: 6824; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

And apple has made devices that fold when they weren't intially intended to fold lol. Don't be salty dude...I'm sure all the rumors are false - apple is still working on their glasses but keeping it on the down-low for now. In the meantime, apple is most likely trying to figure out how to make a wireless charger for their wireless capable phones... don't worry... I'm sure you'll get a new device with an apple logo on it very soon. ;)

4. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

If Alan actually cared to look at other patents from Samsung, then he would have found out that this isn't Samsung's first patent in regards to AR glasses, or AR headsets. Besides Apple doesn't make any displays. Samsung actually makes lots of different displays. The other thing is if you want a really great AR experience, then you need really tiny and highly packed dpi displays, which are not available, yet. A number of players like Samsung, Magic Leap, Google, Apple, Facebook, and others have all mention dpi well over 1200. But some have said they are looking for 2000 dpi. The other thing is you get these non technical people that like to think that Apples AR apps will just work as is when Apple was going to have their AR glasses. Which is so not the case. Plus Apple could still invest in AR glasses by just using a special aperatus that would allow an iPhone to be turned into an AR headset.

10. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Exactly to every thing you just said, especially the first paragraph.

11. TheOracle1

Posts: 2337; Member since: May 04, 2015

Well said. Those wireless chargers were a real breakthrough for Apple. Oh wait, they gave up on that too. Lol

2. briankeithmays

Posts: 34; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Why phonearena always have to try and put apple in every story?

6. mackan84

Posts: 555; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

Easy. Brings more clicks


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8. VariableCheapskate

Posts: 173; Member since: May 29, 2019

>gets butthurt when anyone calls him out for logically unsound bias >this headline How to get nobody to read past the headline 101

9. Mrmark

Posts: 400; Member since: Jan 26, 2013

This story needs to be taken down wow!

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