Apple’s new patent: Modular frame widgets allow Apple Glass to expand

Unlike augmented reality, Apple Glass may have removable mirror legs that can be replaced with mirror legs with different functions, including devices that control the real world,media reported. The upcoming Apple Glass may not be a single device. Instead, it or a future version may consist of components that can be replaced to meet the user’s needs.

Apple's new patent: Modular frame widgets allow Apple Glass to expand

The U.S. patent application number 20200201042, “System for Modular-mounted device”, is primarily about the replacement of the lens feet that keep the glasses in balance in the user’s ear. These mirror feet can have different functions and the glass frame itself can be interchangeable.

The patent documents show such an Apple Glass or at least a pair of glasses similar to the intended appearance of the device.

Apple says the patent may provide a less powerful set of mirror feet, but the battery life will be longer when used outdoors. However, users can also replace frames with high-resolution home displays, at the cost of battery life.

In addition, Apple continues to investigate what wearers see through Apple Glass and how they interact with what’s on the screen.

When Apple chose not to develop the entire virtual reality system, the reason behind it was that the company’s former chief designer, Jonny Ive, didn’t like the idea of users being isolated for long periods of time. Under his leadership, the Apple Glass will use augmented reality technology to present virtual and physical objects in the real world.

Now, Apple is also considering blurring the line between real and virtual objects to help users control the devices around them. A real physical object, such as a device in front of a user, can be controlled by clicking on a virtual copy that only appears on their glasses.

Apple's new patent: Modular frame widgets allow Apple Glass to expand

Justin D. Stoyles and Michael Kuhn are the people behind the patent. One of Stoyles’ patents is to make emoji videos based on a user’s facial expressions. Many of Kuhn’s previous patents included displaying virtual information in a real-world environment. Beyond that, the inventors of Paul X. Wang and Dinesh C. Mathew can’t be ignored. Wang is understood to have applied for a number of patents, including one for the use of gesturecontrol on Mac computers, while Mathew’s patent relates to a smart ring.