This year, Apple launched a large product menu. However, some rumors still point to another device that should be in development, the Apple Glass. The Californian company is said to have applied for a new patent.
The rumors increased after Apple asked to register the technology ‘Display system with localized optical adjustments’.
Apple will be working on Apple Glass
Apple recently applied to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a new patent. According to the patent:
If, for example, a head-mounted screen system is being used to display computer-generated content that overlaps with real-world objects, the brightness of real-world objects can be selectively reduced to increase the visibility of computer generated content. In particular, an adjustable light modulator, spatially addressable, can be used to generate a dark region that overlaps a bright real-world object that is overlaid by computer-generated content in the upper right corner of a user's field of view.
So, having said that, it seems clear that we are talking about Apple Glass. Now, it is also true that this work will have already started in 2018. At the time, industry experts announced that the alleged Apple glasses, based on RA technology, would have 5 nm chips. At the time, Apple's iPhone X used a 10 nm A11 Bionic processor.
Today, Apple already uses the 5nm chips in the A14 Bionic processor. Therefore, the source predicts that these AR and VR glasses (augmented reality and virtual reality) will appear on the shelves within two years.
What could bring this new device so interesting?
1 - Adjustable to ambient light: Apple Glass will automatically adjust to local brightness
This month, Apple applied to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a new patent called 'Display System With Localized Optical Adjustments'.
In the patent application, Apple explained the concept of 'local light adjustment'. The company claims that it is an “adjustable lens system that can be dynamically adjusted to accommodate different users and / or different operational situations. Adjustable light modulators can be used to selectively darken parts of a user's field of view. ”
Apple intends to apply this set of lenses to improve the image and the visibility of the scene when an image is generated by computer by reducing the image brightness in the real scene. At the same time, the brightness of the composite image on the lens will change with the brightness of the actual scene.
As the lenses are highly adaptable, the left and right eye images can also be adjusted independently.
2 - Will the fully functional Apple Glass replace the iPhone?
According was reported, Apple Glass will be based on the Starboard (or glassOS) operating system. After users connect this smart product to the iPhone, it can display text messages, e-mails, maps, games and other content on the lens in real time, using an AR system.
In addition, industry sources say that a patent already obtained by Apple seems to indicate that Apple Glass will also come with 'optical components' and that they will automatically adjust to meet the needs of people with myopia.
However, some analysts pointed out that this patent may also refer to accessories, such as headphones used in VR for smartphones.
Incidentally, in 2017, Gene Munster, a well-known technology analyst and partner at venture capital firm Loup Ventures, predicted that sales of Apple's smart glasses would surpass those of the iPhone. It will be?
3 - Apple Glass will have a long way to go
It is not yet a gadget that the market wants, at least for now. In spite of the fact that, on April 4, 2012, Google published an interesting video of the official launch of its Google Glass product, in the hope of making it a daily necessity for an intelligent life. However, the product did not gain traction.
In the video, users could view the map flexibly through Google Glass. In addition, they could chat with friends with audio, video and text support without taking their smartphones out of their pocket.
However, this technologically sensible product ended up leaving the consumer market due to privacy, security and price flaws.
Theaters banned customers from using Google Glass for fear that they would secretly record movies. Then, fears of capturing private images within some spaces followed.
In addition, the price was 1500 dollars and that, for the time, was impractical. Google Glass has finally found a way out among manufacturers. Today, Apple hopes to turn Apple Glass into an AR product that adults love.
So, with Google’s previous experience and the teachings of the market, Apple Glass could make life easier. But it will still take time.