“The United States Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple’s application for a patent describing head-mounted display technology that is tangentially related to see-through, or augmented reality, units like Google’s Project Glass,” AppleInsider reports.

“While U.S. Patent No. 8,212,859 for ‘Peripheral treatment for head-mounted displays’ does not directly describe a device like the head-mounted display (HMD) augmented reality glasses currently under development by Google, the filing mentions that the technology can be used in similar see-through solutions,” AppleInsider reports. “The patent background cites AR directly, saying that ‘some HMDs can be used to view a see-through image imposed upon a real world view, thereby creating what is typically referred to as an augmented reality.’”

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