The competition between Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) is becoming stronger as the two tech giants continue to develop and introduce new products for consumers particularly in the fast-growing mobile devices market. According to Apple Insider, the United States Patent Trademark Office (USPTO) approved the patent application of Apple for a head mounted display technology. This sounds similar to Google’s Project Eye Glass. Is Apple Developing Its Own Version of Computer Eyeglass?
Based on the abstract of Apple’s newly acquired US Patent No. 8,212,859, the technology will be used to develop methods and apparatus such as computer program products that would implement and use techniques to project source image in a head mounted display device wherein the display image is viewable by the user’s first eye to provide a better viewing experience.
The description of the patent suggests that Apple has plans to develop its own computer eyewear. Apple submitted its application for the patent to the USPTO last 2006 and it was credited to John Tang and to Anthony Fadell, former senior vice president of Apple’s iPod Division.
Last May, Google showed off its “Project Glass” during its Google plus Photographers Conference. During the unveiling of the Project Glass, there were rumors that some companies were also developing a similar product. Google recently announced that the Project Glass would be available in the market by 2013.