Games and movies on the iPhone and iPod Touch may be a much different
experience in the months or years to come. Apple has received a patent on a head-mounted
laser video display, which could make any video application on Apple’s portable
devices a more immersive experience.
The patent, first reported by Gawker, has been three years
in the making, it appears – and is unique from other personal viewing apparatus
in that it separates the laser engine from the headgear. In other words, these
could be much lighter than other simulated screen glasses.
Of course, there’s no guarantee that Apple will move forward
with the idea. The company kills more projects as it rolls out. But with so
many sub-par products in the category on the market, it would be interesting to
see if Apple can get them right. And what it plans to do with them.