Apple worked on a wearable Google-Glass-like device
Today very much belongs to the iPhone 5S and 5C, only formally revealed to the world by Apple just hours ago. We’re going to have a lot more to say about those phones in the hours and days to come, but they’re not the only hardware in the news today, let alone the only Apple devices. Rather than looking towards the future, we find ourselves peering into the company’s past, hearing from an ex-employee about work towards wearable technology.
Tony Fadell worked at Apple from 2001 through 2006, and in that time rose through the ranks of the company’s iPod division. Fast Company’s been publishing some memories from former Apple about their experiences at the company, specifically when it came to design, and Fadell talks about work on what he describes as “something like Google Glass.”
Apparently, Fadell and his team created a number of prototype devices, though they sound a bit more like full-on wrap-around head-mounted displays than the little heads-up view in Google Glass. These visors, instead, would create a user experience “like you’re sitting in a theater.”
It’s interesting to consider where this design might have ended up, especially with display technology coming a long way since 2006, but Apple scrapped the project. Fadell doesn’t give any specific issue with the design as reason for Apple not perusing it, short of the company already having its plate full with devices that were already very successful.