Smartphones, smart cars, smart shoes and now smart glasses. It just keeps evolving, doesn’t it? Technology is constantly being developed, one to outdo the other. Apple, who recently revealed that it is looking to venture into smart cars in its Project Titan reveal, has gotten a patent for smart glasses. (Maybe they’d call them iGlasses. Get it?)
Apple Inc. on Tuesday, 12th March 2019 was granted 41 new patents by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. One of these patients was for the invention of smart glasses for augmented reality applications. The patent was acquired from Metaio, a privately held Augmented Reality company.
Apple inherited this invention when it acquired Metaio. The sole inventor on the patent is Peter Meier who owned the German company. The newly granted patents cover inventions relating to their Augmented Reality headset.
The new glasses are expected to have cameras for optical tracking. The display on the glasses can also be semi-transparent or may be fed with images of the reality by a camera image.
The invention can apparently be used expediently for all forms of Augmented Reality. The invention can basically be used in connection with stereoscopic displays. A video see-through approach uses two cameras each for recording one video stream per eye. The items of virtual 3D information can be then be calculated individually for each eye.
The patent, which was originally filed in the fourth quarter of 2015, was officially published on Tuesday.