Apple has been working on AR glasses for years to replace the iPhone in the long run. New patent applications have now emerged that describe mixed-headphones.
The fact that Apple develops glasses with extended reality is an open secret. For many years, the Group has been gaining expertise and technology in the field of widespread reality and eye tracking that enable such AR glasses. The newly published patent application describes such glasses with a large number of sensors which must also be covered by the user.
Pantentantrag: Apple's glasses should be able to capture the face of the user
The patented application, first discovered by Heise, describes real-life glasses that not only capture the user's immediate environment and visualize virtual elements in the visual field.
For example, the data collected with surrounding environmental sensors should use AR glasses to display three-dimensional virtual objects. In addition, embedded cameras could actually imitate the entire environment. The sensors capture the lighting conditions so that they can display virtual objects correctly.
The AR glasses must also be able to capture the expression of the face and the movements of the eyes and the user's movements. They could be used to interact with glasses, according to Apple's patent application "Display System has Sensors" number 20190221044 issued last week by the US Patent and Trademark Office. This document is not the first of its kind: since the beginning of 2019, Apple has already requested a two-digit number of such patent applications in the field of AR-glasses and "Displays on the head" (HMD), Heise.
It is said that additional sensors have enabled the perception of the eyebrows, pupils and regions of the beard and mouth. According to Apple, this allows you to create a 3D avatar of the user.
Apple Glasses: iPhone as a processor – or even without it
The AR headsets can have their own processor for computing or transmitting to external devices. Here, for example, like Apple Watch, it's possible to connect to the iPhone, with Apple's clock becoming increasingly independent of the iPhone. With watchOS 6, the clock gets its own app store.
In the AR glasses, Apple could continue in a similar way: the iPhone could initially serve as a central processing unit and as a data connection with the outside world.
If it is a well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who had previously predicted good relationships with Apple suppliers, many products before its release, Apple could present its first AR-specs in 2020. To what extent the functions of the patent application are included in the first version of the handsets, is uncertain.