USPTO awards Apple a patent for its VR headset designed for smartphones

USPTO awards Apple a patent for its VR headset designed for smartphones
The USPTO has awarded a patent to Apple for a device called a "Head-Mounted Display Apparatus For Retaining A Portable Electronic Device With Display." In simple terms, this is a VR headset for smartphones. The phone being used is plugged into a jack, and connects to the front of the headset.

The headset accounts for the lenses, a touchpad, a proximity sensor, home and back buttons, and a wheel that is used to focus the image better. The phone controls the touchpad and the buttons once the handset is plugged into the headset. Additionally, sound comes from the speaker on the phone. Apple's patented VR headset is designed for phones with screens that are considered small by today's standards. Those using a model with a large display will end up viewing the VR content in a size smaller than the screen, and possibly in a lower resolution.

The phone has built-in earphones that are threaded through the arms of the glasses, and head straps are included to keep the unit in place when in use. Ports and jacks allow external devices to be connected, and there are buttons to adjust the display, volume and navigation. Just underneath the lenses is where the headset will carry the processor, sensors, memory, circuitry and a battery that can be charged. One of the sketches included with the USPTO documentation shows someone holding a remote control device. The patent number is 9,482,869. 

Apple already has fallen behind its rivals when it comes to VR headsets. For example, the Samsung Gear VR is a headset similar to the one that Apple has received this patent for. Samsung already has had the device in the marketplace for nearly a year.


source: USPTO via DigitalTrends

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19 Comments

1. Unordinary unregistered

Do it right. All VR headsets on the market right now are inevitable for motion sickness, headache, and eye strain. Yes, even with 4k devices.

15. sgodsell

Posts: 7430; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The part about it might use a lower resolution screen. Well duh, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that the phones that will sit in Apples headset is the iPhones. So the resolution is the lowest on any flagship device being sold today. Of course VR is going to look like crap if an iPhone is used for VR.

16. sgodsell

Posts: 7430; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Apple on filed for this in Jan 2015. So they just started in VR. If the screen is embedded in the headset, then the pictures really make it look like it's using a small display. Also are there head tracking sensors in this display or not?

2. obedchuni

Posts: 336; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

hope that apple will bring out the finished product....they are late in the game but i m sure that they will come out with the best.

3. guests

Posts: 196; Member since: Jun 19, 2016

Yeah, of course they will come out with the best by stealing university & other company patents, just to claim innovation and BS word like "magical" device.

5. vliang86

Posts: 337; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Everything looks better when Apple is attached to it:)

9. guests

Posts: 196; Member since: Jun 19, 2016

Yup, even s**t look appetizing to isheep when Apple is attached to it.

4. vliang86

Posts: 337; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Yes, Apple is behind Samsung/Google in VR. But I think what Apple can bring to the table is to make VR apps much better when it releases an Apple VR set. Right now, most VR apps are very bad. Developers will surely make much better apps for Apple VR.

7. Unordinary unregistered

The real VR titles will be with PS4 (The latest CoD has a VR ready to be played on release night .. Tonight) and soon Xbox.

11. yoghibawono

Posts: 240; Member since: May 04, 2016

what? best VR experience is minimum 4k.... so no..for the time being Apple best VR apps wont look "the best"

6. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

So apple got a patent for the Samsung gear VR? US patent office are totally f**ked up....

10. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Not entirely gear VR, but other kinds of headsets like this already exist anyway, yet, Apple gets a patent? wth?

13. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

and apple's design is really horrid.. and where will they place the lens with that design? lol...

8. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Apple vr should be awesome with a 720p screen

12. yoghibawono

Posts: 240; Member since: May 04, 2016

lmao I see what you did there

14. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

increase that number to 750p and it will be unbeatable /s

17. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1327; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

You have to divide that in half.

18. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

How come Apple granted a patent when USPTO already issued a patent with similar functionality to other company? There should be an international PTO.

19. TrackPhoneUser

Posts: 256; Member since: Oct 21, 2015

Here comes iGlasses!

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