Apple has been granted a patent (number 20200174284) for a ‘head-mounted display device with vision correction” that hints at “Apple Glasses” that can be equipped with prescription lens for those of us who have to wear glasses.
In the patent data, Apple notes that head-mounted devices such as virtual reality glasses and augmented reality glasses use displays to generate images and use lenses to present the images to the eyes of a user. However, the tech giant notes that, icare is not taken, a head-mounted device may be cumbersome and tiring to wear. Optical systems for head-mounted devices may be bulky and heavy and may not be sufficiently adjustable. Extended use of a head-mounted device with this type of optical system may be uncomfortable, especially if you’re trying to wear them over your glasses. Apple wants to change this.
Here’s Apple’s summary of the invention: “A head-mounted display may include a display system and an optical system in a housing. The display system may have displays that produce images. Positioners may be used to move the displays relative to the eye positions of a user’s eyes. An adjustable optical system may include tunable lenses such as tunable cylindrical liquid crystal lenses. The displays may be viewed through the lenses when the user’s eyes are at the eye positions.
“A sensor may be incorporated into the head-mounted display to measure refractive errors in the user’s eyes. The sensor may include waveguides and volume holograms, and a camera for gathering light that has reflected from the retinas of the user’s eyes. Viewing comfort may be enhanced by adjusting display positions relative to the eye positions and/or by adjusting lens settings based on the content being presented on the display and/or measured refractive errors.”
When it comes to Apple Glasses, such a device will arrive next year or 2022, depending on which rumor you believe. It will be a head-mounted display. Or may have a design like “normal” glasses. Or it may be available in both. The Apple Glasses may or may not have to be tethered to an iPhone to work. Other rumors say that Apple Glasses could have a custom-build Apple chip and a dedicated operating system dubbed “rOS” for “reality operating system.”