Information: Apple has been granted a patent for a wireless headset that mounts an iPhone in front of the eyes, hinting at the company’s expansion into virtual reality.
Apple’s patent, which gained approval yesterday, is for a “head-mounted display apparatus for retaining a transportable electronic device with show”.
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The headset looks and is worn like an oversized pair of sunglasses. A transportable device, illustrated as the tech giant’s ubiquitous iPhone, slots into a rectangular gap in the frame in which the lenses would be so its display is positioned directly in front of the eyes to current picture-based mostly media.
“The transportable electronic device could be operatively coupled to the head-mounted device such that the moveable electronic gadget and head mounted gadget can communicate and operate with a single yet another,” explained the patent abstract.
Worn this way, the smartphone could become a virtual reality headset and compete with similar gadgets such as Oculus Rift, Google’s Cardboard and Samsung’s Gear VR.
Virtual reality is made to immerse the consumer in a digitally developed setting, employing imagery that covers the wearer’s total area of vision.
The document, US patent eight,957,835, continues: “There is offered a technique for displaying image based mostly content material on a head-mounted gadget… The technique may also contain adjusting the image primarily based content displayed on the screen for shut up viewing.”
Controls on the headset could be employed to alter functions such as brightness and volume, or to switch amongst displays.
The headset could also contain a battery to extend the viewing time, a cooling program to stop overheating and extra memory for storing large picture-primarily based files.
Specifics of the potential inclusion of microphones, speakers and cameras in the headset are also outlined in the patent.
Virtual actuality is turning into more and more common and main technological innovation companies are all hoping to funds in on the surge in curiosity.
Last yr, Google released its cardboard headset that also holds a smartphone in front of the eyes in a related way to Apple’s proposal.
Facebook has acquired the company that developed Oculus Rift for \$two billion, not extended before Oculus VR was sued by video video games developer ZeniMax Media.
In a current interview interview with the New Yorker, Apple’s senior vice president of layout Jonathan Ive stated the encounter “was the incorrect place” for technological innovation.