Raw data: Apple’s patent for iPod-driven glasses

From U.S. Patent 8,605,008 B1 “Head Mounted Display” filed Dec. 10, 2013:

This invention is directed to a display for video that is mounted to a user’s head. Users of electronic devices may view media on different types of Screens. For example, users may view media on a screen integrated in the electronic device (e.g., view media on the display screen of a personal electronic device, for example the iPod available by Apple Inc. of Cupertino, Calif.). As another example, users may couple the electronic device to a separate display and direct the display to provide the media. For example, users may couple a computer to a screen and display media on the computer screen. As another example, users may direct a television to display media streamed or downloaded from an electronic device (e.g., using an Apple TV available by Apple Inc. of Cupertino, Calif. to display content from a user’s computer on a television).

My take: This seems to be the source of those Apple headset illustrations I’ve been reposting from The Information and Bloomberg News. The whole thing has a funky, steam-punk feel. Note the gears and eye-level magnetic tape drive.

8 Comments

  1. Gregg Thurman said:
    Even if there were no patent drawings we’d be up to our knees in baseless rumors. With the patent drawings we’re up to our arm pits, and still we know no more today than we did eight years ago.

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  2. Bart Yee said:
    I don’t believe the dark eye level bands are tape drives but rather thin ribbon connecting cables between circuit boards for each eye display or circuitry.

    I suspect the gears are to provide mechanical movement of the displays, possibly as a form of focusing or perhaps mechanical adjustment of interpupillary distance for stereoscopic vision.

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  3. Fred Stein said:
    Apple has even earlier patents for a foldable screen.

    Apple understands the difference between innovation and breakthrough. When Apple introduces a product, it nearly always becomes THE must-have product for a large number of people.

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  4. Kirk DeBernardi said:
    Beautiful. Just beautiful.

    Steam Punk on your melon.

    If this glass thing isn’t ethereal, it’ll go nowhere fast.

    But maybe I’m wrong. Ask the Zuck. He’s so excited about his, he reconfigured the name of his company.

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    • Kirk DeBernardi said:
      Tread oh so carefully.

      It’s on your face.

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    • Bart Yee said:
      Zuck is so excited because he will go VR then AR and try to get all of your visual data relayed back to FB servers to mine. He’ll correlate location data with what you’re looking at, use AI to understand what you like and dislike to target ads, and he’ll get advertisers in the local area to pitch ads, coupons and come ons on the display.

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