Apple files another patent for wearable computing device

By , Jul 28, 2012

As we’ve said before, wearable computing is coming. We know it’s on Google’s mind — last month the company showed off its Project Glass eyewear. And we’ve seen evidence that Apple’s interested as well.

The Cupertino company filed for another wearable computing patent this week. The application covers an invention that, as you can see in the above image, has to do with a head-mounted digital display…

The New York Times points to a recently published patent application, discovered by PatentlyApple. The document is titled “Display Resolution Increase with Mechanical Actuation,” and it describes a method for increasing the pixel density of a head-mounted digital display.

Before we jump to the conclusion that Apple is readying a Project Glass competitor, there are a few things worth noting. The first is that this is not a design patent, so Apple is not required to depict what the actual device looks like. And the second, is that the application does say that this technology can be used for other types of devices, such as television sets, or computer monitors.

But if we were to combine this invention with some of the other ones we’ve seen over the years, it certainly looks like Apple is interested in making some sort of wearable computing device. Earlier this month, the company was granted a patent called “Peripheral treatment for head-mounted displays.” And a few years ago, a similar filing surfaced that described a goggle-like contraption.

The question is, what is it?

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  • http://twitter.com/Asad_1nfam0us Beast from the East

    iEye..? Haha

    • http://twitter.com/HoodDesigns Adam Hood

      I see what you did there. Lol

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=604885391 Richard Borkovec

        iSee :) lol

  • Kurt Lewis

    who wants to wear a bowl on their head? not me, dont need a bowl nor a bowl that gives brain tumors

    • http://www.facebook.com/mattpburgess Matthew Burgess

      “Before we jump to the conclusion that Apple is readying a Project Glass competitor, there are a few things worth noting. The first is that this is not a design patent, so Apple is not required to depict what the actual device looks like.” – It’s all there in the article.

      • Kurt Lewis

        Thanks but I was joking.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1595420643 Simche Apple Konstantinovic

    A little iLens? Who knows

  • http://twitter.com/ax3ko74 ax3ko74

    Dragon Ball Z!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Cannan/100000630162509 Steven Cannan

      Over 9000!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1849765376 Jordan Rushing

    iSee what UDID there. But I wonder how this will affect Google? This is obviously a patent they would want, if not that they have several already.

  • maurid

    I’m thinking radiation will be a big issue (if there is any).

  • http://twitter.com/Mkhan1544 Muhammad Khan

    Google glasses comes out first
    Apple sues for copyright infringement

  • http://twitter.com/idjcastro Gerardo Castro

    one step away from having a scouter!!!! SWEET!

  • Aaron de Silva

    Safety helmets for construction workers!

  • Jose Cheong

    Stealing ideas from Google glasses. WOW, suing people for copying you, then turn around and copy others.