Apple sees a future with iGlasses (and also loves patents!)

Apple has been known recently as a patent troll. They have been flaunting their patents all over the world. Some patents are considered by many as completely absurd. Take ‘Slide to unlock’ as an example. They say that they are the first to invent such a method of unlocking anything. They also filed patents for a rectangular device with a black bezel and a rectangular screen at its center. Pretty much the whole look of the iPad, and any tablet they see that competes with it. Apple has a reputation for calling dibs on being first, while not really being the first to introduce it. They are merely the one to popularize it.

For Apple, stuff like this…

That is the past and the present. Legal wars abound nearly every corner of the Globe. They seek to use every patent on their arsenal to stop any others from developing even the most remote looking smartphone and tablet. Some have been constantly proven as absurd and unjustified in court, yet they keep putting it in new cases just for the heck of it. It feels like Apple is wildly flailing hoping to hit some device right in the gut.

… and this, can be attacked

That is not to say that Apple does not have some valid patents as well. They have indeed won on certain occasions. Still, we wonder what lawsuit they will file next. Just a little while ago, Apple was granted a new patent. It’s pretty obvious now what the future cases will be about.

Apple has received a patent for a wearable computing device. They call it the HMD or Head Mounted Display. People have dubbed it as the iGlasses. It’s rather catchy I must admit. This patent highlights a wearable computing device that would project information on a wearable display. It the patent highlights and includes a broad application of such devices, such as the display of videos, apps and other information. It works by exploiting a person’s peripheral vision to avoid having headaches or visual disturbance. Apple describes it as:

I know what is going on in every reader’s minds right now. Google Glasses. The Google Glasses have not even been long out in the open and yet Apple already has a patent to troll out the competition, without even showing a shadow of its own device yet. The patent was made in 2006, way before the technology was even viable. The application of the patent in such a time should have not been accepted, especially if there is no working product to back the concept. Yet, we all know how flawed the patent system is, and it looks like it will work again in Apple’s favor.

Some would remember that Google has also received a patent grant regarding their Google Glasses, but there were some fundamental differences. The patent filed by Google reflects a very specific description that obviously pertains to the Google Glasses and its underlying technology. Whereas Apple’s version is very broad and can certainly block and troll any other devices created in the future with wearable displays.

Yes, even yours, Vegeta

Anyone can predict that the courts of the future would indeed be involved once more in this technological leap: A battle between Google Glasses and iGlasses, and any other future device that it may hit. All we know is that the iGlass may be coming. If only the recent times are not muddled with lawsuits left and right, this would have been an exciting time for wide-eyed and awed consumers who are looking into the possibilities of the future.

Hey, I’m not saying Apple does not innovate, sometimes they do, and it is monumental. But there are just too many occasions where they are just trolls throwing out patents with very wide descriptions aiming to hit as much as they can in their path.

Well, regardless of the lawsuit battle that may eventually befall us, I am pretty excited about these wearable displays. Being nearsighted might be the new cool of the future, or just another geek thing.

Are you willing to tout a wearable display in the future?

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Google set to release Nexus 7 this July

Google Inc. is set to sell their first ever tablet this July hoping to barge into the tablet market, which is currently being dominated by Apple’s iPad.

Google’s entry to the market could help boost the development of tablet specific apps for their own Android software. Microsoft is set to follow in Google’s steps with their impending “Surface” tablet launch.

The Nexus 7, which is a collaboration between Asus and Google, was unveiled during the company’s annual developers conference.

The unveiling of the Nexus 7 tablet comes barely a month after Google acquired Motorola Mobility.

Google co-founder Sergey Brin was present during the event and demoed the Google Glass. The latter can livestream events and perform computing tasks. Google Glass is set to be priced at $1,500.

But what was on the spotlight during the conference was the Nexus tablet. It will be sold initially at Google Play online store, priced at $199. It is a 7 inch tablet that has a front facing camera.

Google director of engineering for Android Chris Yerga said, “Nexus 7 is an ideal device for reading books. The form factor and weight are just right.”

Google is offering the Nexus 7 to buyers, with a $25 credit that they can use to purchase app at the Google Play store.

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Augmented reality and Google glasses for lifecasting

 

This is the future of augmented reality. If there was any moment where I would throw my money on the screen, hoping to get something, this is it. Shut up and take my money is a strong cry of many geeks and non-geeks alike upon the first glance of the concept video of Project Glass’ Google Glasses and its augmented reality interface. These fabulous glasses are said to work like your mobile phone. It allows you to text, call, navigate using Google Maps and browse using Google Voice commands on a pair of sleek eye glasses.

 

Looking at the Project Glass, people are reminded of Vegeta’s Geigar Counter, sprouting a lot of “over 9000” jokes among commenters. Some would tackle the possible future issues that may arise from this technology. Some say that having something like a mobile phone’s screen plastered right in front of you, while walking or driving, may prove to distract you and cause accidents, while you are so focused on the augmented reality interface. While these may be true fears, it’s the same thing whether it is a pair of glasses or a separate mobile phone; it’s everyone’s responsibility to be careful on how they use their gadgets.

Sample of the feared augmented reality

The previous concept video shares how Google Glasses can be used to navigate with Google Maps’ turn by turn navigation, to text, to get reminders, and make video calls using Google+. Very recently, someone had posted another possibility of usage for these glasses in the future. Lifecasting. While it may be very awkward to carry and position a mobile phone or camera in front of you to take videos or pictures of life’s moments in public while you record you life’s moments, having a convenient camera positioned right at your line of sight proves to be a very tasty treat. Not only that, you are able to perform your duties with both your hands free, while using the augmented reality interface and voice commands, all the while taking these videos and then sharing them simply by using these Google Glasses. It provides another way to share life in your shoes, in your point of view, without the need for a mobile phone in your hand.

Sample photo with Google Glasses while playing with their child

Just think of the possibilities that you are not normally able to do with your mobile phone. You can take a video of your road trip, take a video of your hands playing the piano while you give teach, or simply share a video of you spotting some celebrity in the mall while shopping. You can follow turn by turn navigation with Google Maps in you overhead display like in a video game.  All of those moments where you wish you can view something at the same time you are taking a video of it, without looking awkward or shaking because your eyes are focused on the real thing, can now be a possibility.

View the latest ‘leaked’ video of Google Glasses below: