#Apple's RUMORED #AR glasses coming soon, new patent suggests
  • Rumors that the company is planning to ‘bring the technology to the masses’ with iPhone apps and affordable smart glasses have been swirling since March, and now a patent application published today shows the company is serious about AR.
  • It was the work of AR software development firm Metaio, which Apple acquired in May 2015 after it developed ‘thermal touch’ — a way to trigger actions in digital content via a person’s heat signature.
  • And Apple has also acquired smaller firms focused on AR hardware, 3D gaming and virtual reality software.
  • Shortly after news of the digital spectacles surfaced, a JPMorgan analyst, Rod Hall, told MacRumors that the iPhone 8 would feature a front-facing 3D laser scanner to detect the user’s face, instead of their fingerprint, in order to provide first-class security — which could also be used other applications such as augmented reality.
  • ‘One obvious and potentially most compelling use would be AR/VR experiences in which the user’s hands and other real world objects are being scanned and integrated into a field of view provided by the iPhone mounted into a Google Daydream-like headset,’ Hall wrote in a research note.

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