- ⏰ 5 hours ago (Updated 5 hours ago)
- Alban Martin
Apple’s famous glasses could be self-cleaning, according to a recently granted patent – number 11,327,316 – for “particle control on a head-mountable device”. This concerns either the mixed reality headset or the Apple Glass glasses coming a little later. This is according to Tim Cook, #TheNextBigThing.
A description of Apple Glass
In the patent, the technological giant makes a precise description of its future glasses. It indicates that a device can be worn by a user to display visual information in the user’s field of vision. The head-mountable device can be used as a virtual reality (VR) system, an augmented reality (AR) system, and/or a mixed reality (MR) system.
A user may observe outputs provided by the device, such as visual information provided on a screen. The screen may optionally allow a user to observe an external environment. Other outputs provided by the device may include speaker and/or haptic feedback.
A user may also interact with the headset by providing inputs to be processed by one or more components. For example, the user can provide touch inputs, voice commands, and other inputs when the device is placed on the user’s head.
A self-cleaning device?
However, as with all electronic devices, Apple Glass will gather dust and visibility will be affected. Naturally, Apple doesn’t want that to happen.
The company’s solution : An optical module that eliminates particles in the field of vision and captures them so that they do not interfere with the user’s view on and/or through the optical elements. For example, the display element and/or another optical element can be moved so as to release particles.
The optical module may include a retention system that securely retains the particles so that they remain outside the optical path. Movement may be performed periodically, based on user input, based on conditions detected by an internal sensor, and/or based on conditions detected by an external device.
According to Apple, such removal and retention of particles can improve and maintain the quality of a user’s viewing experience.
Here is the summary of the patent presented by Apple:
A head-mountable device may provide an optical module that removes particles from an optical path and captures the particles so that they do not interfere with the user’s view of and/or through the optical elements. For example, the display element and/or other optical element can be moved so as to release the particles onto a viewing surface thereof.
The optical module may include a particle retention element that securely retains particles so that they remain outside the optical path. Such removal and retention of particles can improve and maintain the quality of a user’s visual experience through the optical module.
When will we see Apple Glass?
As for the Apple Glass, or at least the first version that would be a complete helmet, such a device will arrive at the end of 2022 or 2023, according to the latest information. The Apple Glass may need to be connected to an iPhone to work and would be equipped with a personalized chip and a dedicated operating system, called “rOS” for “reality operating system”.