Apple will soon be sailing in untested waters with expansion in wearable glass headsets. The company is in talks with potential suppliers to develop smart glass headsets, something similar to Google’s failed Glass project.
The wearable headset would show images, along with other information and may use augmented reality, according to a report by Bloomberg.
Chief Executive Tim Cook, who has been struggling with a slowdown in iPhone sales in recent quarters, said earlier this year that the company would continue to invest a lot into augmented reality.
Apple, the world’s largest technology company, has ordered a small number of near-eye displays for testing but has not obtained enough for production on a larger scale, the report added.
Apple declined to comment.
The move would make Apple the latest tech company to venture into wearable glasses.
Alphabet Inc’s discontinued its own wearable glass headset, Google Glass, and closed the social media account linked to the device earlier this year, ending its attempt to popularize the expensive devices with consumers.
The device received plenty of attention when it was launched in 2012, but quickly ran into problems with its awkward appearance and privacy concerns over video recording.
In September this year, the popular messaging app Snapchat, now Snap, announced its video-camera sunglasses. The wearable sunglasses went on sale earlier last week.