Powerful new patent application details next step in Apple ‘iGlasses’ project

“Before there ever was a Project Glass from Google, there was Apple’s Glass Project in the form of a patent application filed in late 2006, published in 2008 and granted in 2009,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“Apple’s Glass Project seemed to have fallen off the grid until July 2012 when a new patent application laid out some new parameters for their future glasses. The new glasses were being designed to work with augmented reality but more importantly, they were being designed with telephonic capabilities in mind,” Purcher reports. “In one of the new patent reports that we posted yesterday, we pointed to Apple describing future video glasses that would integrate hidden audio sensors within the glass or frame to enhance voice commands capabilities.”

Purcher reports, “Little did we know that the best data was yet to come. Late last night, Patently Apple discovered a powerful new patent application that details some rather interesting features that Apple is considering for a future headset. Perhaps that Glass War that we described last month is going to be a lot more interesting than we initially thought… After drilling down further into the patent filing, there it was – true insights into Apple’s secret Glass Project. The project appears to have been secret enough that only one Apple executive is noted as being the inventor. His name is Christopher Sanders, Apple’s current Design Lead.”

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

24 Comments

    1. Yea-those customers are fleeing from Apple products in droves! The idea that a company would aggressively defend their intellectual property seems to really be turning them off.

      And maybe you can tell me where I can pick up a pair of these Google goggles?

    2. This phase will backfire on Samsung.

      Besides, I was shopping the other day and checked out their Galaxy 3. The color was so off that it was a laugh. Compared to the Retina display, there’s absolutely no comparison. Samsung is winning with “free” sign ons with phone carriers. Who won’t choose free. It doesn’t mean it’s better. Samsung is crap and they remain a COPYCAT designer no matter what the stupid UK court thinks.

    3. What? So you think they have to show the product or technologies in public to be considered “actually doing something”? That makes no sense.
      This is part of the problem with the all mighty google. They slap some crap together and show it off and think that is all it takes for the product/technology to be theirs, no matter how long someone else has been working on it. Can’t wait for the day this bites them in the ass.

    4. For your information google copied apple on th glasses project.

      Read the facts, Eric the schmidt mole asshole was on apples board and he basically had access to all of apples intellectual property and projects in development and stole it from apple.

      IOS was live years before android, which has been proven to be stolen ip.

      Apple invented the ipad 10 years ago. They developed it alongside the iPhone.

      So next time you use your precious google docs, which I might add google is using all your personal information within those documents without your consent to sell to advertisers think what google would have been doing now before that fucking mole took advantage of a dieing steve jobs to get into apple and steal their Ideas.

      Answer : only search!

      Apple should go into search and rip the heart out that stealing organisation. One things for sure if Steve was alive google would have been ruined.

    5. So, smartass, how do you know that there aren’t working prototypes being used all around the Apple campus. Answer: you don’t. You have no idea at all what Apple have been playing with, but just because Google have a physical object that is vaguely similar, you seem to think Google were first with a working device.
      You seem to have forgotten that a senior Google director was on Apple’s Board around this time, so it’s entirely likely that Google got the idea in the same way they got the idea for a revamped Android OS.

  1. I hope that Apple will kick Google’s Ass in the emerging wearable computer market with cooler, smarter designs.

    I’m sure that Samsung is chomping at the bit to get ahead of Apple on the innovation front with Project Glass spinoffs. I hope that Apple makes them choke on it with a better headset.

    1. It’s the future as a product and accessory.

      Being able to get my email to show up in one of the lenses with a simple touch of the glasses frame will be to die for. Simple, discreet, cool.

  2. All Apple has to do is to do is start the rumor mill that they’re going ot have smart glasses before Google’s product hits the market and 80% of consumers in North America will wait for Apple’s version. It’ll be that simple.

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