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Apple is said to be testing digital glasses, could introduce them in 2018

By Cookie Monster - on 16 Nov 2016, 12:00am

Apple is said to be testing digital glasses, could introduce them in 2018

Apple's first augmented reality (AR) hardware could be available as early as 2018 in the form of digital glasses.

According to Bloomberg, people familiar with the matter claim that Apple is considering to expand into digital glasses. The glasses are said to connect wirelessly to the iPhone, display images and other information in the wearer's field of vision, and may use AR. 

The digital glasses project is reportedly being discussed with potential suppliers and small quantities of near-eye displays from one supplier have been ordered for testing. Based on the small quantities, Apple is nowhere near imminent mass-production of the digital glasses.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has publicly expressed his enthusiasm for AR. In a July conference call with analysts, Cook mentioned that the company is "high on AR for the long run", and that "there are great things for customers and a great commercial opportunity".

Apple has made a number of acquisitions related to AR over the years. For example, it acquired Israeli firm PrimeSense in 2013. PrimeSense is known for its 3D technology, particularly the Capri sensor which is dubbed as "the smallest and most robust 3D sensor available". The Capri sensor can be embedded in mobile devices and offer features such as AR, virtual shopping, 3D scanning and photography enhancement. 

Source: Bloomberg 

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