A leaked injury report filed by an Apple employee has potentially outed the company’s work on a set of augmented reality glasses.
If you’re working on a potentially groundbreaking augmented reality project, the last way you’d want it revealed to the general public is through an injury report filed by one of your employees. Unfortunately, that’s what’s happened in Apple’s camp.
According to leaked reports, one Apple employee complained of discomfort in one of her eyes on February 21st after testing an unnamed prototype that uses lasers, while another filed a report on March 2nd complaining of ‘eye pain’ after testing another prototype.
In the first case, the employee in question was referred to an optometrist and the prototype was set aside, while it is unclear what developed as a result of the second complaint.
In the case of the latter report, a statement given by the employee mentions that the “he noticed that the security seal on the magenta (outer) case had been broken and had thought the unit may have been tampered with.”
It is estimated that the cause for discomfort in both cases could be a result of the use of lasers, which would track a user’s eyes in an effort to estimate the wearer’s gaze and adjust its user interface accordingly.
It is believed that an Apple-made augmented reality product is one year away and is presently being tested behind closed doors at the company’s headquarters.
In an interview last year – in the wake of the hype surrounding Pokemon Go – Apple CEO Tim Cook described augmented reality as a ‘big idea like the smartphone‘.
What are your thoughts on Apple’s rumoured development of an augmented reality headset? Would either injury report dissuade you from buying the product when it’s eventually released? Be sure to let us know your opinion in the comments below!