What form would an Apple version of Google Glasses take; an iPhone implemented inside spectacle frame arms? Could you stick all the iPhone's main functionality in there, including processor, DRAM, NAND flash, WiFi/Bluetooth radio, accelerometer, GPS, touch input, Siri voice input, compass, cell phone, etc?
The really big deal clincher for me
the thing that would certainly make me buy a pair is the promise of peripheral vision advertising.
Subliminal ads coming in from the sides as you look at the main point of interest in your field of view would be awesome. I could end up buying loads of stuff I don't want or need and never understand why.
Will the the lenses go opaque when viewing a Samsung device and rose tinted when viewing Apple procucts?
'What the patent describes is a way of, for example, colour-biasing the peripheral field of view so that it dynamically matches the predominant colour of the displayed image or movie'
How does this patent stand up to what researchers at MIT's Media Lab's have exactly done already, but using it for TV as apposed to glasses?
All seems a bit the same to me, it's about the showing of blurry colours in periperal vision. I don't know much about patents but Prior art surely? all be it on a big screen as apposed to little screen strapped to your head! (glasses)
will they ever really happen?
I doubt they'll ever really be made. I suspect this is more about the patent as usual.... there will be some silly little details in there that apple think arent covered anywhere else which they'll then use to try to stop everyone else from ever developing anything vaguely similar.
Google Glasses for example, wonder if Google have any patent already or license thats going to allow them to use audio, if not then I can imagine a headline along the lines of "Apple lawyers demand immediate ban on Google Glasses!" in a years time based on this patent saying " "[T]he HMDs … can also be equipped with an audio system … "
As a matter of fact, VR headsets have been around since at least the late 80's/early 90's which are most *definately* "Methods and apparatus, including computer program products, implementing and using techniques for projecting a source image in a head-mounted display apparatus for a user."
So yes, even if it was filed 6 years ago, that is still claiming existing tech as their own, but in an all encompassing patent that is vague enough to stop pretty much *any* development in the goggles area by anybody except apple.
And don't get me started on the 604 patent which claims pretty much all search engines as infringing it, even those created before it was filed!
Somebody needs to kick the US patents office up the back side for granting these completely uninnovative pieces of paper which lawyers can so readily turn into pay cheques.
"How is this Apple stealing ideas? The patent was filed in October 2006 (and granted now)
Was there something similar then?"
Good ole Applite. Responds with a load of rubbish, because they're so wrapped up in their "i" device to read information which has been available for YEARS!
Yet another demonstration of how ill-considered the opinions of Applites are. Thank you for proving the point.
Re: Was there something similar then? YES
Chris, you really should try harder than just mention and provide Google glass pic, there's the earlier 2009/2010 Motorola Kopin Golden-i headmounted computer system that Google got the idea from
but OC there's more to choose OC....
its not even hard to find prior art if your an old Mac emulator user (older than many I whatever users have been alive never mind since i something existed ) ) on the AMIGA platform that ran the mac OS faster that the real mac and the AMIGA hardware devs that that later made their licensed faster PPC mac HW upgrade cards that were also faster that the original hence Steve killed them off after his return :)
for example the ,mans is Dr. Jonathan D. Waldern, the device is the headset with 'VIRTUALITY' embossed across it
and here's some of his papers
and some of his patents
theres plenty to invalidate most apple patents if you look