The mysterious Apple Glasses have had a purported launch date of 2022 for months, but Wednesday’s Twitter leak offers some of the first concrete details we’ve seen regarding the manufacture of Apple’s portable AR displays.
Reports the expert Ross Young tweeted that he heard from multiple sources that Apple is tracking AR / VR glasses with Sony MicroOLEDs. 0.5 “, 1280 x 960 resolution, 1H’22 intro.”
With “Sony microOLEDs” Young is referring to Sony’s OLED microdisplay Technology that, according to Sony, was developed for AR / VR glasses, among other things. It is claimed that these OLED microdisplays have a contrast ratio of 100,000: 1, a response speed of 0.01 ms or less, and a wide color gamut.
I should make it clear that this is just AR. Projection optics are used inside the glasses.October 22, 2020
According to Young, the half-inch (0.5-inch) display has over 3000 pixels-per-inch count. Given that eyeglass lenses are typically about two inches wide, this suggests that the OLED microdisplays be embedded in larger lenses. This could restrict the AR HUD’s field of view. Perhaps the OLED part of the lens can project its visual data over the entire lens surface.
While the leaker initially said these displays would be used for AR / VR glasses, he then clarified that Apple intended to use them for AR glasses only for the design. This includes rumors we’ve heard that AR Glasses would hit the market in 2022, followed by a VR / AR hybrid headset in 2023 or later.
Young had previously predicted that the 2021 iPhone 13 lineup would have integrated touchscreen OLED screens with 120Hz ProMotion, which strongly suggests that he has inside sources with Apple or its manufacturing partners.
Seeing other apple glasses is leaking
Apple’s recent patent filings have given us even more insight into some of the features and techniques Apple Glasses could use.
An apple patent“Using the keyboard with a head-mounted device” describes how AR Glasses can be used to project a “virtual keyboard” onto a desk or a “touch-sensitive surface” and how the glasses can register your keystrokes. Found by AppleInsiderThis patent also suggested making your hands invisible while typing to better see the keys, or projecting typed words or “suggested text” in the air above your keyboard.
Another patent also found by AppleInsider“Monitoring a Head Wearable Electronic Device User” suggests using Apple Glasses to monitor your head movements and facial expressions, and then send the data to your iPhone. Aside from obvious movements like shaking the head, Apple Glasses could use its light sensors to monitor chewing. smiling; Frown; Grimacing his face; Wheezing; Mouth opening; Close mouth; or humming. ‘
Finally an apple patent submitted today and found by Apparently Apple suggests that people who wear glasses can pick up two consumer goods and keep an eye on both. The glasses then look for data on both products and then generate a summary report of how the two products compare in your field of vision.
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