Apple bowl-headed patent shows wearable computing plans

Jul 29, 2012 by Nancy Owano weblog

(Phys.org) -- Like Google, Apple has plans to win recognition as wearable computing leaders. Patently Apple reports on a patent that was filed by Apple in January last year but made known earlier this week. The patent application is causing a stir over what Apple has in mind to compete with Google over the latter’s highly anticipated Project Glass heads-up display. The Apple patent in question, titled “Display resolution increase with mechanical actuation,” speaks of multiple “embodiments,” but the concept appears to relate to raising the quality of a display placed over a wearer’s eye.

The patent drawings show a very odd-looking bowl over a person’s head extending out to eyewear over just one eye. The implication beyond the obtuse patent text is clear that Apple is fixed on competing with for the coming generation of heads-up display wearers, and, in competing, is to use its key ammunition, its own brand recognition that Apple provides high quality visuals whether on its desktop, tablet, phone or, now possibly, on video glasses. The inventor is listed on the patent application as Edward Craig Hyatt.

Those bloggers watching Apple and writing about the patent news agree that the text is obtuse, ambitiously general, and hard to pin down, as a patent application for ideas that could take any form of multiple “embodiments.” Nonetheless, it can be said that the goal of seems to be to improve the resolution of images seen through a head-mounted display.

According to the , “There are provided apparatuses and methods for increasing the pixel density of a digital display through mechanical actuation. In some embodiments, a display device is described having a processor configured to provide an image for display and a memory coupled to the processor. The memory stores the image and is configured to map the image to a pixel matrix. A display controller is coupled to the memory and configured to sample portions of the image and to store the portions of the image into planes. Each sampled portion comprises a different set of pixels of the pixel matrix. A display is coupled to the display controller and is configured to display the contents of the sampled planes. In particular, the display controller is configured to sequentially provide the sampled planes to the display for sequential display. At least one actuator is coupled to the display to displace the display for the displaying of the sampled planes, so that pixels of each plane are displayed in a unique location from the pixels of other planes.”

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More information: Patent: appft1.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PG01&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=%2220120188245%22.PGNR.&OS=DN/20120188245&RS=DN/20120188245

Abstract
There are provided apparatuses and methods for increasing the pixel density of a digital display through mechanical actuation. In some embodiments, a display device is described having a processor configured to provide an image for display and a memory coupled to the processor. The memory stores the image and is configured to map the image to a pixel matrix. A display controller is coupled to the memory and configured to sample portions of the image and to store the portions of the image into planes. Each sampled portion comprises a different set of pixels of the pixel matrix. A display is coupled to the display controller and is configured to display the contents of the sampled planes. In particular, the display controller is configured to sequentially provide the sampled planes to the display for sequential display. At least one actuator is coupled to the display to displace the display for the displaying of the sampled planes, so that pixels of each plane are displayed in a unique location from the pixels of other planes.

via: www.patentlyapple.com/patently-apple/2012/07/apple-working-on-advanced-display-for-future-video-glasses.html

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Eikka
5 / 5 (2) Jul 29, 2012
In other words, they mean to take a small display and wiggle it in front of your eye, relying on the persistence of vision to build a complete picture.
NeutronicallyRepulsive
5 / 5 (2) Jul 29, 2012
I'm glad that I'll be able to recognize Apple crowd from far away. What I'm missing is large bold "iNut" text on the helmet.
SatanLover
1 / 5 (1) Jul 29, 2012
didnt the military have something like this ages ago?
Deathclock
1 / 5 (1) Jul 29, 2012
didnt the military have something like this ages ago?


They have HUD's in fighter pilots helmets that are projected onto the pilots iris...
dirk_bruere
not rated yet Jul 29, 2012
The idea has already been patented
Vendicar_Decarian
5 / 5 (1) Jul 29, 2012
The patent involves the idea of making the cap section from tinfoil so that Apple users will feel right at home.
rkilburn81
3 / 5 (4) Jul 29, 2012
"He's over 9,000!!!"
LuckyExplorer
not rated yet Jul 30, 2012
Watch a Sci-Fi movie from the 70ies and you will find all these Apple patent filings to be obsolete
alfie_null
5 / 5 (1) Jul 30, 2012
"ambitiously general" - probably meant to say "ambiguously general".

Particularly for companies that use patents litigiously, it would be interesting to know the ratios between patent granted, patents ending up being used in products, patents that end up being licensed, and (of course) patents used to prevent other companies from competing.
packrat
1 / 5 (1) Aug 04, 2012
What I find kind of funny is that if 'big' hair comes back in style for women they will lose half their possible market right there.. :)
Vendicar_Decarian
5 / 5 (1) Aug 05, 2012
That isn't a bowl over that guy's head. It is tinfoil.

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