Apple patent lets iPhone be part of VR reality display

February 18, 2015
Apple has been awarded a patent on a headset that could let iPhones be part of augmented or virtual reality displays

Apple on Tuesday was awarded a patent on a headset that could let iPhones be part of augmented or virtual reality displays.

The patent titled "Head Mounted Display Apparatus For Retaining A Portable Electronic Device With Display" depicts a large eyeglass-style frame into which a smartphone could be seated.

A smartphone would essentially become a screen set directly before the wearer's eyes, with the option of picture-in-picture if a person wants to watch what is happening around him or her.

Coupling the headset device with an iPhone "temporarily integrates the separate devices into a single unit," according to the patent, which Apple filed for in late 2008.

Capabilities of each device would be extended to the other, the patent specified, leaving open the potential to incorporate Siri virtual assistant voice commands.

The gadget described in the patent is similar to Gear VR head gear released last year by Samsung and paired with the South Korean consumer electronics titan's large-screen Galaxy Note 4 smartphones.

At its in San Francisco last year, Google gave away simple kits to make cardboard virtual reality headsets that act as frames for Android powered smartphones.

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Johann Fuchs
5 / 5 (1) Feb 18, 2015
can someone explain to me how apple could get this patent, when there evidently exists prior art?
megmaltese
not rated yet Feb 18, 2015
can someone explain to me how apple could get this patent, when there evidently exists prior art?


I don't know, it sounds ridiculous, there's the Google Cardboard and a lot of other stuff already on the market since years.
maxwell_bean
not rated yet Mar 05, 2015
They likely submitted the claims many years ago, Patents take a lot of time. It wouldn't have been awarded to apple if they hadn't been first or the claims very limited to some specific feature.

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