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April 21, 2017

Apple Augmented Reality Glasses, fact or fiction?

Apple Augmented Reality glass may be coming sooner than you think, if a leaked environmental incident report is to be believed.

By Joe Clark

Apple Augmented Reality glasses may be a reality and coming sooner than you think, if a recent report is to be believed.

An internal incident report, compiled by an Environmental Health and Safety contractor with Apple, was mistakenly mailed to many Apple employees, which was then leaked to Gizmodo.

The incident report is vague in detail but does mention several incidents which could pertain to some variation of high tech specs. The report mentions 70 incidents regarding possible health and safety issues, including incidents with eyes and wearables.

The report, “Impact Descriptions Reported in [Santa Clara Valley] from Last Month” is predominantly made up of inconsequential and routine office incidents, such as burns in the cafeteria, or someone feeling dizzy, but the more interesting sections of the report mention Apple prototypes.

February 21st: “After BT4 user study, user advised study lead, that she experienced discomfort in her eye and said she was able to see the laser flash at several points during the study. Study lead referred her to optometrist and secured prototype unit for analysis.”

March 2nd: “Employee reported eye pain after working with new prototype, thought it may be associated with use. He noticed that the security seal on the magenta (outer) case had been broken and had thought the unit may have been tampered with.”

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These reports are lacking any kind of context, but Apple CEO, Tim Cook has stated in the past that he thinks Augmented Reality is a big deal, even going insofar as to tell the Independent “I regard it as a big idea like the smartphone.”

“I view AR like I view the silicon here in my iPhone, it’s not a product per se, it’s a core technology,”

AR is definitely becoming a driving force in technology, Snap recently announced that it will be expanding its Lenses technology, Facebook has introduced the concept of Lenses to its Stories system, and Niantic’s Pokemon Go continues to generate enormous user interaction, and revenue.

Apple have not yet commented on the leaked report.

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