Apple may cook up a pair of goggles for your own personal viewing pleasure.
Published Thursday by the US Patent and Trademark Office, a patent application dubbed simply "Head mounted display" describes a head-mounted goggle system that could serve as your personal TV away from home. The device would display movies and TV shows from your phone or tablet, offering you a more private and integrated viewing experience.
As Apple describes the concept in its patent filing:
"A goggle system for providing a personal media viewing experience to a user is provided. The goggle system may include an outer cover, a mid-frame, optical components for generating the media display, and a lens on which the generated media displayed is provided to the user. The goggle system, or head mounted display may have any suitable appearance. For example, the goggle system may resemble ski or motorcycle goggles," the application reads.
"To enhance the user's comfort, the goggle system may include breathable components, including for example breathable foam that rests against the user's face, and may allow the user to move the display generation components for alignment with the user's eyes. In some embodiments, the goggle system may include data processing circuitry operative to adjust left and right images generated by the optical components to display 3-D media, or account for a user's eyesight limitations," the application continues.
The idea itself doesn't sound especially innovative in today's tech world. But the actual patent application published Thursday is an update to one originally filed back in 1997. After all these years, will Apple ever launch these goggles into the real world? Stay tuned.