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Apple looks into an ‘Apple Glove’ for use with ‘Apple Glasses’ (or a gesture-based Mac)

Apple has filed for another patent (number 20200257362) for an “Apple Glove,” a “wearable interactive user interface.” It could be used with an augmented reality headset (such as the rumored “Apple Glasses,” a future Mac with a display that could detect and respond to hand gestures, or be used for typing on a “virtual keyboard.”

In the patent filing, the tech giant says that many traditional user input devices for computers, such as keyboards, have a fixed or static layout, which limits the adaptability of the device. Additionally, Apple says traditional input devices may be rigid and substantially detached from a user, thereby limiting the functionality of the input device. 

The solution: an “Apple Glove” (my term, not Apple’s). It could sport an accelerometer, a gyrometer, or a capacitive array. 

It could also pack a dynamically configurable light source configured to display an output. The output could include a keyboard shape — the aforementioned virtual keyboard. And when used with Apple Glasses — augmented reality/virtual reality/mixed reality head-mounted display — the glove could offer feedback in an immersive environment.

Here’s the summary of the patent filing: “Embodiments are directed to a user input device and methods related to the use thereto. In one aspect, an embodiment includes a flexible fabric attachable to a user having a first portion and a second portion. The first portion may be moveable in relation to the second portion. The embodiment may further include a controller configured to identify an input configuration based on a position of the first portion relative to a position of the second portion within a three-dimensional space. The embodiment may further include a haptic feedback structure disposed adjacent the flexible fabric and configured to provide haptic feedback based on the input configuration.”

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.