Apple is developing new 3D technology in the form of a glasses-type device that let users watch content without the need for a TV.
Nicknamed “iSpecs” the concept came to light after Apple filed a patent earlier this month in the USA.
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Users of the device will simply hook up their iPod or iPhone to the head-mounted gadget and be able to watch a 3D movie.
A special “smart” lens in the iSpecs projects the image from the screen so that the user can watch the movie on the move.
The Apple filing reveals that the lens can split the image into two different frames, one for each eye, so that it appears the picture is being seen from slightly different angles.
This will produce a stereoscopic image, giving the illusion the film being watched is three dimensional.
The device can also be attached to a camcorder that will then stream video of the outside world into a smaller screen in the glasses.
If someone approaches the user or tries to attract their attention, infrared sensors will detect the movement and the video stream will pop up inside the glasses, allowing the wearer to see what is happening.
The company hopes this will enable people to feel comfortable about wearing the device in public situations, such as when travelling on a train or an aircraft.
The patent says the images produced by the iSpecs would be of High Definition quality and could be provided with or without three dimensional effects.