Mark Gurman and his colleagues at Bloomberg have written that Apple is exploring another wearables project: digital glasses. “Apple Considers Wearables Expansion With Digital Glasses.” According to people familiar with the matter:
While still in an exploration phase, the device would connect wirelessly to iPhones, show images and other information in the wearer’s field of vision, and may use augmented reality (AR)….
But wait. Don’t laugh yet.
I’ve long believed that this is our technical future. That is, a sophisticated optical device that displays all the information we need on our visual field. (Think about combining that with a really smart AI agent!) Just how that’s implemented is the key, and it will surely evolve. Google Glass was version 0.10.
Right now, according to Gurman, Apple is in the testing phase.
Apple has talked about its glasses project with potential suppliers, according to people familiar with those discussions. The company has ordered small quantities of near-eye displays from one supplier for testing, the people said. Apple hasn’t ordered enough components so far to indicate imminent mass-production, one of the people added.
Of course, as Google found out, there are lots of technical and social issues to work out. Perhaps, Apple with hindsight, tremendous R&D funding and vast UX/UI experience can get us all the way there, as it did with the Apple Watch.
The days of walking around, dodging busses, staring at a little black brick will be over in a few years.
Next page: The news debris for the week of Nov 14th. The first Microsoft Surface Studio reviews. You guessed right.