Google has already show off their own wearable head mounted display in the form of their Google Project Glasses, and now it would appear that Apple also has a wearable head mounted display planned for the future.
Apple has now bee granted a patent for a ”Peripheral treatment for head-mounted displays“, the patent was originally filed back in 2006 and the patent was granted to Apple this week.
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. A first display projects an image viewable by a first eye of the user. A first peripheral light element is positioned to emit light of one or more colors in close proximity to the periphery of the first display. A receives data representing a source image, processes the data representing the source image to generate a first image for the first display and to generate a first set of peripheral conditioning signals for the first peripheral light element, directs the first image to the first display, and directs the first set of peripheral conditioning signals to the first peripheral light element. As a result, an enhanced viewing experience is created for the user.
There are no details as yet on whether Apple is actually working on their own head mounted display, we wonder if they will release something over the next few years.
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