Apple glasses could fit user’s prescription

CUPERTINO, Calif. (WTVO) — Patent approvals for Apple reveal that their “smart glasses” concept could adjust its own lenses to match the user’s prescription.

Glasses wearers may find it difficult to adapt their frames to virtual reality headsets, but according to Apple Insider, such a helmet could adapt to the vision of the user, allowing him to do without regular frames. On January 11, Apple was granted a “Tunable and Foveatized Lens Systems” patent showcasing their design of liquid crystal and non-liquid crystal adjustable lens eyewear.

According to the patent, a pair of eyewear could include “lenses that are each configured to align with a respective eye of a wearer”. The electrodes inside the liquid crystal cells could then receive signals to “produce a desired phase profile”. The glasses would align with the user’s gaze and a sensor system would track the gaze.

The patent also says such lenses could help people with presbyopia, a condition in which people have trouble focusing on distant objects. The glasses would apply “separate optical power” to account for and correct the vision problem.

This newly approved patent was first filed in June 2020, but it’s not the first time Apple has applied for similar patents. Patents issued in June 2020 and December 2020 proposed smart glasses that could hold an iPhone-like device and glasses with “liquid reservoirs to adjust the physical dimensions of a lens,” respectively.

According to Apple Insider, the tech giant is working on a virtual or augmented reality headset that could launch this year. Apple Glass smart glasses are rumored to follow in 2025.

Sarah C. Figueiredo