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Apple Wins Patent For Head-Mounted Display Tech 116

redletterdave writes "It appears that Google is no longer alone in exploring the realm of wearable tech solutions. Apple was granted a patent on Thursday in relation to 'peripheral treatment for head-mounted displays.' While Google Glass places a piece of smartglass right above the user's eye, Apple's solution uses two peripheral lights to show two different images to each eye 'to create an enhanced viewing experience for the user.' Apple's patent also attempts to address the biggest problems with head-mounted displays (HMDs), particularly tunnel vision and motion sickness."
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Apple Wins Patent For Head-Mounted Display Tech

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  • by QuasiSteve ( 2042606 ) on Thursday July 05, 2012 @08:02PM (#40558793)

    They haven't been alone for some time now - that is to say, since before they even mentioned what they may or may not have been working on.

    Google's glasses aren't HMDs, though.

    The Rift would be an HMD that'd warrant a further look; []

    As for Apple's patent - it's pretty much 'ambilight for HMDs'. There's a wee bit more to it, of course, but if painting with the same broad brush that Apple uses when asserting their patents, the aforementioned description fits the bill.

  • by mosb1000 ( 710161 ) <> on Thursday July 05, 2012 @10:03PM (#40559445)

    I'm sorry, but you obviously have no idea what is being claimed here. Here is what the patent summary says:

    The present invention provides methods and apparatus for treating the peripheral area of a user's field of view in a head mounted display, and thereby creating improved comfort and usability for head mounted displays. The peripheral area adjacent to the displayed image is treated, such that the peripheral area is coordinated with the image on the display. The coordination can be in the form of color projections, achieved, for example, by light emitting diodes (LEDs) or other displays, such that the colors surrounding the display dynamically matches what is shown on the display. As a result, the peripheral area “converges” with the display area, which reduces the “tunnel effect” or “box effect” experienced by the user. Various embodiments of the invention allow users to customize different viewing parameters of the head mounted displays to accommodate for variation in the individual users' eyes.

    If you would actually read the patent [] you'd notice that Apple is well aware of other head mounted display technologies (they list them in the patent). As the title says, this is a "Peripheral treatment for head-mounted displays" to prevent motion sickness and increase the length of time such a device can be used.

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