Are you ready for Apple Glass? According to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple is reportedly testing a pair of augmented reality glasses that sync to an iPhone.
A push into AR
Remember Google Glass?
The device is in early testing and wouldn’t arrive before 2018 at the earliest. Here’s more from the report:
While still in an exploration phase, the device would connect wirelessly to iPhones, show images and other information in the wearer’s field of vision, and may use augmented reality, the people said. They asked not to be identified speaking about a secret project.
Apple has talked about its glasses project with potential suppliers, according to people familiar with those discussions. The company has ordered small quantities of near-eye displays from one supplier for testing, the people said. Apple hasn’t ordered enough components so far to indicate imminent mass-production, one of the people added.
The pictured Google Glass turned into a major flop for Apple’s competitor over major privacy and usability concerns.
Time for a reality check?
Does Pokémon Go's popularity show that AR is here to stay?
Both augmented and virtual reality technology has continued to move into the mainstream in 2016.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has previously stated a preference for augmented reality technology that overlays information over what’s currently happening around a user. On the other hand, virtual reality provides a completely new environment for users.
A great example of the technology is the smash hit Pokémon Go that landed this summer. Using an iPhone, players catch and train different AR Pokémon that appear on screen and at different locations.
It’s become the most popular mobile game ever.
While I’m still skeptical about AR and VR technology, the rumored device sure sounds more exciting (and practical) than an Apple Car.
The hit AR game