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The most credible Apple rumors are often created from patent filing that come through the United States patent system, offering us insight into which products may (or may not) eventually be released. And this week, the USPTO has given us insight into the Apple Glove.
Apple Gloves would be particularly useful when Apple releases Apple Glass, augmented reality glasses that have been in development for years.
But evidence has emerged that implies Apple’s development of such a device is far more extensive than previously thought.
Apple has been awarded a patent for a “wearable interactive user interface,” with a specific reference to the Apple Glove.
This particular device seems to be based on what it calls “embodiments,” a flexible fabric attached to the hands that connect to a user input device. Through the flexible fabric, which is made of two pieces and movable in relation to one another, the interface is somehow able to get a better sense of how the hand is positioned in the 3D space around it, creating a haptic feedback structure based on the input device’s configurations.
This would basically allow the user, in theory, to move and ‘type’ with their hands in thin air to interact with information presented in either virtual or augmented reality.
This is the third patent filed by Apple that mentions the Apple Glove. The other two patents are numbered 20190065024 and 2020026352.