Is Apple Copying Google Glass?

Apple patent

Source: Patently Apple

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) filed a patent with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a headset that looks suspiciously similar to Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Glass, according to Patently Apple.

Patently Apple believes the device will be used for gaming in particular and widescreen HD video viewing in general. Per the filing, the device would connect to an iPhone or an Apple TV and show the content displayed on the device on the headset’s display. The headset would make it easier to watch TV or play games while on the go, without having to strain your eyes by looking at a small iPhone screen.

Patently Apple reports that one function of the device will be to work as a personal display system through which users can view content safely away from the roaming eyes of others. Data viewed on a smartphone screen in a public place is not secure from spying neighbors, and a way to view content on a headset would eliminate this nuisance, making it safer to view private documents while on a subway commute to work, for example.

The headset is described as looking similar to goggles used for skiing or riding a motorcycle. Patently Apple quotes the patent as saying “a darkened inner surface may enhance a user’s experience by giving the user the impression of being in a theater or other optimal environment for viewing media.”

Google also has a headset device, but Google Glass doesn’t restrict vision and is meant to be used to interact with the world around the user, rather than function as a way to escape from it, like Apple’s device aims to do.

Even glasses wearers can apparently enjoy the headset without having to uncomfortably fit it over glasses. The publication reports that the device would adjust to a specific user’s eyes, and users can enter their eyeglass prescription in order to use the headset without the aid of contacts or glasses.

Apple is noticeably absent from both the wearable tech and video game markets, and this patent shows that the company could be working to kill those two birds with one stone.

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