Leaked document details Apple employee eye injuries, hints at Apple AR glasses

“An incident report compiled by an Environment Health and Safety contractor working for Apple mistakenly sent to hundreds of Apple employees and leaked to Gizmodo includes tantalizing clues about some of the new products the notoriously secretive tech company may be cooking up,” William Turton reports for Gizmodo. “The report includes over 70 different incidents.”

“The report, sent out on April 14, is titled ‘Impact Descriptions Reported in [Santa Clara Valley] from Last Month,’ and contains everything from inconsequential reports from employees after running into a door, all the way up to people seeking medical attention after testing new Apple products,” Turton reports. “Many of the incidents detail common workplace injuries.”

“It seems some of the incidents listed within this report may hint at new products Apple may be working on,” Turton reports. “One report on February 21 that included “medical treatment beyond first aid,” involved a prototype unit at Apple’s De Anza office in Cupertino. ‘After BT4 user study, user advised study lead, that she experienced discomfort in her eye and said she was able to see the laser flash at several points during the study. Study lead referred her to optometrist and secured prototype unit for analysis.'”

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MacDailyNews Take: As we wrote last November, “Imagine what could be done with AirPods coupled with a pair of Apple Specs. The sky’s the limit!”

VR, I think, has some interesting applications, but I don’t think it’s a broad-based technology like AR. Augmented reality will take some time to get right, but I do think that it’s profound. We might… have a more productive conversation, if both of us have an AR experience standing here, right? And so I think that things like these are better when they’re incorporated without becoming a barrier to our talking… You want the technology to amplify it, not to be a barrier.Apple CEO Tim Cook, October 13, 2016

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  1. Anyone who thinks that VR has some mainstream future is probably way too involved with bleeding-edge tech, and too removed from the mainstream culture. Expecting people to strap on clunky plastic contraptions, even if the content is really, really cool, is way too unrealistic. People don’t even want to put on 3D glasses, and those are a lot lighter on the face (and look comparatively normal).

    Apple is right to assume that AR has a much better chance. The glasses can look normal (think: Google Glasses, only not geeky), and the technology can be just as immersive, and actually practical.

    1. I wouldn’t be too sure. Remember:
      – Nobody’s going to want a computer in their home.
      – Nobody’s going to want to use a mouse instead of a keyboard.
      – Nobody’s going to want the iPhone.
      How many more things nobody’s going to want?

      1. Google Glass
        The G4 Cube
        2013 Mac Pro
        Bandai Pippin
        Apple TV 2015
        Cell phone face harness
        Microsoft Kin
        Microsoft Windows phone
        Blackberry phone
        Windows 8
        Windows 10
        Starbucks Unicorn drinks
        & too many other google products to mention.

  2. A laser flash?! That sounds different. I can’t imagine Apple shooting lasers into users eyes. That seems like a recipe for disaster. I wonder if maybe they were testing a car navigation system that uses laser scanners. Who knows…

  3. These glasses would have to look like normal sunglasses so they don’t look goofy. Apple could market them as a fashion statement like the Apple watches.

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