Apple Glass could also function as eyeglasses, complementing the VR / AR functions

Far from providing a permanent fix for vision problems, the new version of Apple Glass only aims to combine the benefits of virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality (AR) features with the undeniable need to wear prescription glasses. .

Starting with the idea that a spectacle wearer is a potential lost customer for the supplier of any other type of glasses, whether we are talking about sunscreen or high-tech products derived from modern technology, Apple is preparing in advance a technology for VR glasses / AR to carry in the end out of necessity, whether or not you need the truly advanced features available as an option.

Described in a letter recent granted to the American company, the new Apple Glass glasses will be able to be adjusted from the moment of the initial configuration using the prescription for eyeglasses issued by the preferred ophthalmologist. Even today, such a “recipe” takes the form of numerical coordinates that are easy to enter using a smartphone keyboard, setting out in detail the geometry of the corrective lens needed for each eye.

The real challenge is how to get the same result with a device that is not made from scratch to meet exactly the prescribed parameters. Admittedly, adjustable eyeglasses are not something completely new, but getting the same result with a device that is not much heavier or bulky than a pair of glasses with plastic lenses made to order by a professional ophthalmologist would be really sensational.

Borrowing some ideas from smartphone cameras, the new Apple patent describes a device with several superimposed, flat and very thin lenses, which together can deliver very precise optical characteristics. With liquid crystal technology, most likely borrowed from LCD screens, the lenses would be adjusted without physically changing their position, only by applying low-intensity electric currents. In this way, the owner’s profile view could be instantly changed with that of another user added to the device, without waiting times or the application of separately ordered accessories.

Apple also describes benefits that eyeglass wearers still don’t find in traditional products, such as automatic and instantaneous lens adjustment to allow near or far focus, depending on what’s in front of you (usage scenario). is determined using the camera).

In addition to the obvious benefits over traditional glasses, Apple Glass glasses would offer many other benefits, such as help with orientation on city streets through visual navigation in the style of GPS navigation applications, display notifications received on iPhone and much more.

Unfortunately, the appearance of this patent does not guarantee the launch of a commercial product in the near future, Apple being one of those mammoth companies, which frequently register tens and hundreds of patents, only to discourage possible similar innovations, appeared and materialized at the manufacturers. rivals eager to assert themselves.

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