Apple's Latest Patent Will Either Make You Look Way More or Way Less Stupid Watching Tiny Movies On Your iPod

Ty Dunitz April 16 Apple

Uh oh. Move over, TV Hat.

In stark contrast to the less-than-marvellous device I mentioned earlier, it seems Apple is also entering the personal viewing experience arena with a device fans are already calling the iSpecs.

It would seem Apple fans are just as adept at naming products as Apple themselves.

Be that as it may, looks like these are shaping up to be the first personal-theater-goggle-doodads that may stand up to a Segway level of ridicule and come out on top. And these are even 3D-capable, no less.

Basically, they work like your old Viewmaster, without the reels. Each eye is given a screen, playing the same HD video (streamed from your iPod) from a slightly different angle, creating a stereoscopic effect. Additionally, so you don’t experience sudden death while wearing these, they come equipped with a camera that can show the viewer what’s going on outside the glasses, all in handy Picture-in-Picture.

According to the patent, it’s also head-gesture controlled. Almost as weird as the Shuffle 3G’s Stephen-Hawking-song-title-announcement, but to be fair, Apple’s track record with interaction design is pretty good. Can’t win ‘em all.

Insert Geordy Laforge joke here.

[Via PhysOrg]

Written by Ty Dunitz

Ty is an illustrator who stays up too late, and has to wear glasses. You can follow him on Twitter if you want to (@glitchritual), but he's just gonna throw your stupid PR crap in the garbage, so don't email him.
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