Apple is Working on Powerful Wireless Headset for Both AR & VR
Apple is working on powerful, wireless glasses for both virtual and augmented reality(AR & VR). The glasses would not appear until 2020 at the earliest, posted by Down Town News.
The glasses would receive an 8K resolution screen for every eye, sources say to Cnet. Current VR glasses often have a resolution of only 1080p per eye.
8K has sixteen times more pixels in the same format for much sharper images. With current glasses, due to the short distance to the eye, pixels can often be distinguished.
Apple’s glasses would be suitable for both virtual reality and augmented reality, where virtual images are placed over images of the real world.
The glasses would be wirelessly connected to a powerful external computer and thus display high-quality images. The computer would connect WiGig to the glasses via wireless standard. Via WiGig, data can be transmitted over a short distance at very high speed.
Own Powerful Chips
Apple would develop chips for the wireless computer itself, which would become more powerful than current processors. In the current state, the system would look like a traditional PC, but the device would not become a Mac, but specifically designed to drive the glasses.
Many current high-quality VR glasses such as the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift are controlled by powerful traditional PCs, connected to a cord or wireless connection. With wireless sensors, the position of those current glasses can be determined.
Apple’s glasses could also determine the location of the user in space, but would not require external sensors. The glasses, however, would still be in the early stages of its development, and would not appear on the market until 2020 at the earliest. Apple can also change its plans or delete the project.
There have been rumors that Apple is working on its own AR glasses. Apple CEO Tim Cook is very positive about the technology, and last year named AR as a ‘big idea’ as smartphones. In October, iOS 11 received support for augmented reality.
At the end of last year, Cook said in an interview that the technology for good AR glasses currently does not yet exist. Apple took over Vrvana augmented reality glasses last year, and previously also bought a company that measures eye movements.