Anybody who follows Apple Inc and the techno-gadget industry knows the future will bring us smart glasses. Why not? We have smartphones and smartwatches; iPhone and Watch, respectively. Does it not make sense that Apple would bring smart glasses to the market?
Apple files patents all the time, and a recent one gives us an idea of where Apple is going with AR; augmented reality. It’s a thing that hasn’t made it much beyond Pokemon yet, but it’s coming and a pair of smart glasses will be yet another accessory notch on Tim Cook’s accessories bed.
What’s the problem with smart glasses?
Google’s Glass project was a good attempt at bringing so-called smart glasses to the market, but it failed because the glasses themselves were easily identifiable as a Borg-like human with a built-in camera and spy potential.
All the electronics of smart glasses will need to be stuffed into the frames, and so far, most of the smart glasses renders and patent drawings look more like goggles than glasses. Why? Goggles are bigger so they can hold all the necessary electronics, including a battery.
When Apple creates a pair of smart glasses– let me call them Apple Glasses; I’ll even add the trademark (Apple Glasses™)– they need to look like real glasses and not be so easily identified as a Borg-like infestation on someone’s head.
Apple Glasses also needs the option to handle prescription lenses, so expect Apple to partner with a few lens makers, too.
The MacRumors display of Apple Glasses looks far too robotic to be a big seller. Patently Apple has an image from mApple that appears more like sports glasses, but still to easily identifiable as Apple Glasses.
What will interest me most will be the option to begin recording audio or video via Apple Glasses and a Siri command. “Hey, Siri. Begin Recording.”
That will be priceless. Possibly illegal, too. Maybe Apple will put a ring of LEDs on the front of the frames that will turn red or flash when recording.
Apple needs glasses not goggles.