Rumours suggest that industry leading tech firm Apple could be developing a rival to the recently unveiled Google Glasses technology; after patents were leaked proving that the company were experimenting with a head-mounted display with transparent glass.
The technology, which has been described as a head-mounted iPhone, could arrive in the wake of a host of Google Glasses competitors.
After Project Glass was unveiled to the public last week, other technology developers such as Epson have fast-tracked the development of their own computer glasses; but the Apple patents, filed as early as 2006, suggest that techno-glasses work have been on the Apple agenda for quite some time.
Still, despite years in the development process, it is not known whether Apple iPhone glasses are close to market-ready.
The leaked patents make reference to 'Methods and apparatus, including computer program products, implementing and using techniques for projecting a source image in a head-mounted display apparatus for a user.'
Google Glasses were unveiled at the Google I/O developer’s conference and were shown off in spectacular style, during a live video relay with a team of skydivers using the tech to document their jump. The head-mounted devices capture video with an in built camera and allow users to access internet, apps and social networks on the move.
The mission is to create interface with which people can interact, hands free, bypassing computers, tablets and smart phones in the process.
Andrew Redfern, Director of HitSearch, said: "Apple potentially moving into the 'Google Glasses' market place is not surprising; as they need to ensure that they remain at the forefront of these combined disruptive technologies. The new (head)space race between Apple head mounted iPhone and Google glasses should be very interesting in the months ahead."