Friday, Nov 12, 2021, 17:37 Mac: Hardware

Patent For iPhone Content Only Visible With Glasses – Eyesight Correction Adjustable Via App

Hardly anyone in the tech sector doubts that Apple is working on both VR or AR implements – particularly in the form of glasses. Take for starters simply the massive amount of patents for as-of-yet unreleased technology that Apple has submitted over the years concerning virtual or augmented reality. Now, there's even more indication of Apple's AR/VR ambitions in the form of two new patents. According to the patents, it appears as if Apple hopes to tackle two problems at once: display privacy and poor eyesight. In the patent submission, the words "Privacy Eyewear" are specifically mentioned with reference to the potential product. "Privacy Eyewear" can be used in cases where content from the display should only be visible to an authorized user.

"Privacy Eyewear"
Although many medical facilities throughout the world already utilize simple screen protectors or external overlays, these do somewhat inhibit the device's functionality as the display is no longer visible from certain angles and the overall brightness is significantly decreased. "Privacy Eyewear" would essentially be the solution to this problem – the display's contents would only be visible through the glasses' lenses, and only when Face ID recognizes the user. Should any unauthorized users not wearing the glasses happen to glance at the phone's screen – it'll look like a jumble of incoherent lines and fuzzy shapes. Only pairs of appropriately configured glasses will be able to view the device's display content.



"Corrective Eyewear"
Apple's also tackling another problem at the same time with these two most recent patent filings – farsightedness, nearsightedness, and other sight related problems. A good portion of the population needs help seeing – something which has always been a major challenge with regards to most AR/VR devices up until now. As per Apple's concept, individuals will only need to import a prescription from an optometrist containing diopter and cylinder data and the system will do the rest.

However, the patent submission doesn't make any mention of making traditional glasses obsolete. Instead, the glasses are mostly concerned with making nearby items, such as an iPhone's display, more visible. It would only be possible with a pair of clunky, enclosing VR glasses to mirror content from the external sensors onto the glasses' display and to then adapt that content to the user's eyes.

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