Apple patent application details privacy glasses for reading confidential info, playing multi-player games

“On August 25, 2011, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a wild new concept relating to privacy glasses,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“While the new specs will be applauded by both professionals and multi-player-gamers alike – gamers may get the added thrill of tapping into the specs’ 3D capabilities,” Purcher reports. “While we covered Apple’s initial patent regarding privacy-mode viewing in May of this year, it appears as though this project has taken on dramatic new twists.”

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Purcher reports, “As computer users shift more towards using mobile devices like iPads and MacBooks as their primary devices, and use them more and more in public spaces, privacy-viewing is going to be an essential feature for all future mobile devices. Apple is out to be first and more importantly, the best in delivering this essential new feature.”

Much more in the full article, including Apple’s patent application illustrations, here.


  1. Apple has something cooking on this. It’s great for privacy in general and then hints of using it for Multi-Player gaming and 3D content on … maybe a TV. Hahahaha, that’s a buzz. Aspects of this may take time to get to market, but the general idea should surface quicker. We could hope.

  2. Or, how about a tie in to automobile management systems. For example: I drive a corvette. I love the head’s up display. I honestly don’t know why every car doesn’t offer this. It is non invasive and allows for monitoring speed as well as a few other management things. Now we can have a Head’s up Dashboard in our line of vision while we drive. Cell phone display, GPS announcements, as well as automobile functions. If done properly it would to the experience without compromising safety. In fact it could make driving a little safer.

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