In the technology sector, there are some tipsters whose rumors are considered to be as good as the truth. Well, here’s a rumor worth monitoring. It appears as though Apple, the world’s largest and most active technology innovator, might be on the cusp of entering the marketplace for smart glasses.
According to tech gossiper Robert Scoble, an anonymous tip from a Carl Zeiss employee has indicated their German optics manufacturing company might be on the verge of introducing a new line of smart glasses as part of a collaboration with Apple. While the information received indicated a release in early 2018 is quite possible, rumors abound that a more reasonable release date would come later this year.
While it’s unclear what features these “iSpecs” (just guessing) might include, it is interesting to note Apple would be taking on a technology that has been surprisingly slow to gain traction. Many people will remember the unspectacular release and sales trajectory of the Google Glass product, which was introduced to the public in mid 2014. Of course, the issues with that product line could have had a lot to do with logistical and pricing considerations.
If Apple is indeed ready to enter the smart glasses arena, the technology industry should be ready to sit up and take note. Why? Since its inception, Apple as always been considered a bit of a trendsetter. After submitting for a patent related to a AMOLED-driven translucent screen for headwear last June, it’s quite possible Apple is ready with the right technology at the right time.
If they have successfully addressed the logistical and privacy issues encountered by other tech companies that have ventured into this market, there’s a real possibility Apple could be on the verge of the next great communications component. If the rumors are spot on, the answer to these and other question might come sooner rather than later.