Sydney: Tech giant Apple has raked up speculation that it could be creating an augmented reality head-mounted display to compete with Google's Project Glass technology after it reportedly filed for a US patent.
The patent filed by Apple on January 20, 2011 reveals a new innovation by the firm that could be used to increase the pixel density of a digital display placed over someone''s eye through mechanical actuation and describes wearable video glasses that use a tiny battery, which could display video as clear as the iPhone 4S with its Retina Display.
According to The Age, Patently Apple, a site that tracks Apple's patents, claimed that it's not the first patent that the firm has filed on wearable technology and said that the company has been toying with the idea of video glasses since at least 2006.
Apple's latest patent comes after another one was published earlier this month in relation to a Video Telephonic Headset, the paper said.
If Apple does indeed plan to release video glasses it will need to get a move on with releasing them, as Google plans to offer its "Project Glass" video glasses early next year, it added.
Google launched the prototype of its futuristic, web-connected ‘Project Glass’ glasses to US software developers in a Google I/O event last month for 1500 dollars.
First Published: Tuesday, July 31, 2012, 17:19