Virtual reality devices continuously make headings, but it’s anyone’s hunch which will eventually dominate the marketplace – however armed with a pile of new patents, Apple is showing a revived passion in this space.
Patently Apple stated Tuesday that Apple has actually been granted one more 41 licenses published today by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and also among them in specific appears targeted straight at cyberspace (VR) rivals Google and Samsung.
First filed in 2008 as well as accepted to inventor Quin Hoellwarth, license number 8,957,835 explains a ‘video headset structure’ which works in tandem with an iPhone or iPod to supply video as well as sound content.
It’s most likely not much of a coincidence this headset appears a lot like the Samsung Equipment VR, which utilises an appropriate Galaxy mobile phone connected to the front as well as beams cyberspace entertainment to the wearer.
Line of sight
In addition to just broadcasting iOS-based picture and audio to the headset, Apple’s license additionally explains a picture-in-picture (PIP) attribute, which could be utilized to keep an eye on the real life around you while wearing the device.
Judging from the patent information, Apple prepares to include some amount of tactile physical commands on the headset itself, but is likewise leaving the door open for other options, such as Siri voice control.
The headset patent likewise specifies on ‘innovative haptics’ situated within the earplugs, which could be made use of to improve sound impacts and also music from the flick content being viewed.
Apple’s video headset ambitions date back to at the very least 2008, however the iPhone maker has been reasonably very of late on VR-related patents, with the last set having shown up virtually 4 years ago – as well as recent task postings associated with the innovation having been mysteriously rubbed from existence.