a little trick would allow the VR headset to not weigh too much

MEDIA information reveals a lot of information about Apple Glass, the highly anticipated virtual/augmented reality headset. We reveal some technical details on this device that could popularize the genre when it comes out.

AI-generated image of Steve Jobs wearing a VR headset // Source: Montage of Apple Park photo taken by Travis Wise (Creative Commons)

of glasses on eApple are really delayed and although we have been hearing the noises of the corridor for years, the Apple glass remain sober. whether VR headset/AR from Apple has been long awaited, because we know how much the manufacturer can disrupt the sector when it enters it. Media specialized in the technology industry information – transmitted by mixed — revealed many details about this helmet” XR (for mixed reality, mix virtual reality and augmented reality).

Moderate weight?

According to informationtherefore, the helmet would be made of aluminum, glass and carbon fiber. It would be powered by a waist-mounted battery that can be replaced during operation. This point should be particularly interesting since, in this way, the weight of the device on the head can be quite moderate. The final design would also have been designed by Jony Iveformer head of design at Apple, who no longer works for the brand.

On the hardware side, we would be entitled to two processors: a SoC (could be the M2 chip) as well as a video processing processor (ISP), both etched at 5nm. The latter transmitted the footage from the cameras of the helmet facing outwards with low latency. It would also have an H2 chip that is usually found in the brand’s audio products, precisely to transmit the audio signal to AirPods Pro. Note that there will be no outlet, you will have to go through wireless headphones or one bluetooth headset.

Apple M1 and Apple M2 chips // Source: Apple

The helmet would be equipped with two LiDAR scannersfor short and long distances as well as more than a dozen indoor and outdoor cameras. ABOUT information , even the legs of the helmet wearer would be filmed. Eye tracking would also be part of the game, with a rendering function called ” foveted » : only the user’s exact focus point would benefit from all the graphic details. This saves computing power and therefore reduces energy consumption.

Ergonomic elements are revealed

However, one can use built-in speakers in the headband mixednotes that ” their sound is audible to outsiders, which can pose a privacy problem“. A headband to be madein a material similar to that of the Apple Watch sports bands “. It would not be the only element that we would find connected watches, as there would also be a button to switch from the virtual world to the physical world with a click, without haptic feedback.

Apple Mixed Reality Headset
Apple would be working on a VR / AR headset // Source: AppleTrack Editing

informationit further shows that corrective lenses can be inserted into the helmet using magnets, for people with vision problems. Also, the distance between the lens and the eyes would be adjusted automatically via motors. The field of view of Apple’s XR headphones is said to be 120 degrees.mixednote that it is slightly more than Meta Quest Pro (106 degrees).

As for the headphone control, Apple wants to use the handheld to avoid the clutter of peripherals. However, the builder would think of a stick or some kind of finger. A priori, no leverage would be provided. The VR experiences will run on the Unity game engine. Apple is really a partner with the platform developer.

What this mysterious helmet might look like // Source: The Illustration via The Verge

iOS apps will be able to be displayed in 2D on helmet screens. In the uses envisioned by Apple, there is videoconferencing. For this, the brand would imagine realistic user avatars that would reflect facial and body movements. Apparently Apple wants to do better than that what is the meta doing with its avatars todaythe latter has been heavily ridiculed on social networks.

4K and Oled displays for these virtual/augmented reality glasses

The media revealing all this information also confirms some rumors we had already heard about. On the internal displays side, it would be micro Oled 4K panels from Sony, one per eye. For the peripheral display, there would be LG displays.

Source: James Yarema – Unsplash

In addition, Apple Glass would have an outward-facing display to broadcast the user’s facial expressions. ABOUTmixedthis feature is supposed to reduce the feeling of isolation when the helmet is on“. To consume as little power as possible, there would be a low refresh rate and some kind of modealways on.

Several configurations would be available, priced around $3,000. According toinformationalways, the initial launch was planned for 2022 and Apple contractor Pegatron is said to have built several thousand models for prototyping purposes.

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