Like many different expertise firms, Samsung targeted its early blended actuality growth largely on digital actuality slightly than augmented actuality, however a newly printed patent utility (by way of Patently Apple) means that it’s actively engaged on AR glasses with no less than one fascinating characteristic: a show that’s robotically powered on and off by the frames.
Whereas some AR headsets — together with Microsoft’s HoloLens and Magic Leap One — wrap absolutely across the head like industrial goggles, Samsung’s design seems to be nearer to a pair of plastic sun shades, and never in contrast to quite a few Bluetooth audio glasses launched by Oakley, Bose, and others over time. The important thing distinction between the audio glasses and Samsung’s design is a small sq. show that would seem in entrance of no less than one of many consumer’s eyes, having been mirrored from a prism onto the lens from a small temple-mounted projector.
Like extra superior AR headsets, Samsung suggests its projector will show a translucent picture that seems atop the wearer’s visual view, seemingly utilizing a waveguide to diffract the projection in a manner that conveys 3D depth. However slightly than requiring a devoted energy button, Samsung would robotically energy the projector on when one of many body’s temples is opened, and switch it off when the temple is folded closed, conserving vitality within the course of.
Given the traditional actions of a wearer’s head, preserving the projector from jittering on and off throughout body jostles can be vital. To that finish, Samsung means that magnets close to the hinges can be used to keep up the “open” temple place, in addition to to finish a versatile electrical circuit working from one temple’s battery by way of the frames to the opposite temple’s projector.
Although the patent utility discusses the show actuating expertise fairly clearly, Samsung isn’t tying itself all the way down to both the precise body form proven within the picture above, or a single manner that the AR glasses would possibly function. It presents the likelihood that the frames would possibly comprise all types of various processors — standalone ARM chips and/or extra dependent processors — with something from short-range (Bluetooth) to long-range (mobile) wi-fi expertise. That form of flexibility is pretty commonplace in patent purposes, leaving the door open as extensive as potential to forestall others from utilizing the identical thought in an analogous however not exactly equivalent system.
Whereas Samsung’s patent doesn’t essentially imply that it’ll ever launch AR glasses, the truth that it’s exploring sensible implementations for wearable waveguide shows — particularly for foldable AR glasses — is encouraging. Furthermore, whereas the patent utility was simply printed yesterday, the submitting date of January 2, 2019 means that its AR growth is actively underway. Different firms, most notably Nreal and Apple, have been engaged on foldable AR which will finally compete with Samsung’s providing.