Apple Granted Patent For Personalized Head Mounted Display System
The US Patent and Trademark Office has officially disclosed a list of new patents granted to Apple today. One of them is a glimpse into the projects Apple has up its sleeves: a patent for a personal head mounted display system.
This personal display system will have a range of uses like watching movies while the users feel they are in an actual theater. Moreover, it could also be used for stimulating the experience of a first-person shooting game, or a racing car game where the user is the driver himself.
The beauty of owning a personalized display system is that the users are not bound by static display systems like TVs and PCs. Furthermore, it enriches the portability factor as the system is small in size and it doesn’t need any additional adjustment to display the media in the same configuration as the media source.
This technology apparently might be implemented in or as the following devices:
- a head mounted display
- a television
- projection screen
- an on-screen display of an electronic device
- personal viewers in digital cameras
The media being displayed for each user’s personal device will be adjusted according to the user’s location in the game and the appropriate view. Patently Apple explains it as:
The user sitting in the back seat behind the driver will see the back of the driver’s head, or the user may see a different view of the outside world and of the other users’ cars based on where the user’s car is located on the road.
Apple has not just jumped to the head mounted display bandwagon. It was granted the first patent for this technology in 2009 after filing for the application in 2007. The current patent was granted to Apple in May this year which was filed for in 2013.
In case you’re wondering how Apple could be copying off ideas from Oculus Rift, it WAS actually Apple that was granted the patent first. However, Oculus Rift didn’t let that stop them in the process and emerged as a working model before Apple could get to action. The trend seems to be setting now, with Samsung introducing their Gear VR headset last week.