Apple granted another Augmented Reality head-mounted display patent

“Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published yet another continuation patent from Apple that reveals further tweaking being made to their patent claims that could protect this invention in court,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“It’s the details Apple wants to ensure are covered in a final product. Different continuation patents for Apple’s future head mounted display device cover a different set of specifics that Apple wants protected,” Purcher reports. “The original patent was first published in 2010, yet filed in 2008, is the master invention that goes deeper into the details of the invention including device’s face plate, its camera possibilities, exterior controls, its use of haptics and more. Apple’s invention was granted a patent back in February 2015.”

Purcher reports, “Then in March 2016 Apple began to tweak the patent claims of this future device and today Apple is seen once again further tweaking their patent claims as detailed below providing us with a glimpse of what’s on their engineer team’s mind as well as their legal team.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Apple interest in AR over VR is glaringly apparent.

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1 Comment

  1. Two highlighted items in the source article sound very close to some things Google has already done in placing a button on the device to control the inserted smartphone (e.g. Google Cardboard) and the touch area on the support structure (e.g. Google Glass). Though for the latter they seem to specify a wheel control so if they stay within that it seems to be covered.

    The design described in the patent seems interesting but I wonder how well they’ll be able to spread the weight that seems to be placed primarily on the bridge of the nose when used with the inserted smartphone. This is in contrast to current offerings by Google, Sony, Occulus, etc. that seem to distribute the weight to the entire area under the eyes including the nose. Perhaps indication that iPhones will get lighter still?

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