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Apple patents augmented reality (AR) smart glasses system with ‘touchscreen’

An Apple patent has surfaced detailing a pair of smart glasses that in some way feature augmented reality (AR) technology, the purposes for which seem to, in this case, revolve around presenting points of interest. The patent indicates something like a two-part system, in that the augmented reality system wouldn’t necessarily require smart glasses, but such a wearable device would greatly enhance the AR experience. Even better, these smart glasses have a type of ‘touchscreen’ support.The...

All the pieces are in place for Apple to launch its own AR glasses

Earlier this week, a patent detailing augmented reality technologies for the iPhone also described AR glasses that would be able to display AR content. The accessory would even allow users to interact with the digital layer of information shown on the glasses by hand gestures that would be perceived by the camera.I wrote at the time that AR glasses made by Apple might be the kind of device that would “kill” the iPhone. By killing the iPhone, I meant that smart glasses like the ones in the...

Why Apple’s glasses won’t include ARKit

Why Apple’s glasses won’t include ARKitIt could be 2021 before they doAbout the only thing more exciting than ARKit is the thought of Apple Glasses that run ARKit. There are rumors and rumors-of-rumors all claiming “when not if” they are coming. I’m going to attempt to answer the “when” by looking in depth at the “what” technology is needed. I know glasses are being worked on at Apple, and the prototypes are state of the art. I also know what it takes to build a full-stack wearable AR HMD,...