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Topic: VR

Apple's AR plans include accurate handling of real and virtual objects

02/25/2020, 07:02 am

A new Apple patent describes a system of registering when a user is or is not touching a real object in a virtual space, and doing so with depth measurement from fingertips and calculated from camera angles.

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Apple's AR & VR headset may not need external input for orientation & motion detection

02/11/2020, 07:02 am

New Apple research describes how augmented reality headsets may not need external markers to tell when a user is moving, and may also be able to detect when the user puts it on.

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Apple working on how to record multiple AR & VR streams for later playback

02/06/2020, 08:02 am

Alongside its work in creating tools to create Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality experiences, Apple is also looking at how such work can be recorded, shown again, or transmitted to others.

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Apple is working on fingertip and face mapping tools for VR and AR

01/23/2020, 06:01 am

Two new Apple patents describe methods to improve how a user can touch and interact with VR objects, plus how headsets could be more easily adjusted to fit better.

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Apple glasses could have hidden cameras and removable earphones

12/19/2019, 09:12 am

Apple's long-rumored AR or VR headset could keep some of its optical components behind an electrically-controlled layer to hide them from view when not required, as well as earphones that could be removed from the head-mounted display and used as speakers.

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Apple is working on holographic imaging to lighten its AR or VR smart glasses

12/12/2019, 09:12 am

Apple is advancing its work on optical waveguides and holographic image delivery, in part to lighten and shrink its future AR or VR headset.

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Apple's 'iRing,' AR headset resurface in Augmented Reality filings

11/14/2019, 08:11 am

In a trio of new patents about Augmented Reality, Apple reveals that it is continuing to work on using a smart ring to help with detecting a user's motion, as well as new systems for playing relevant audio, and positioning virtual objects in the real world.

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New 3D sensor to reportedly power AR in iPad in 2020, headset as soon as 2021

11/11/2019, 05:11 pm

Apple is working on new 3D sensor hardware that will power augmented reality applications in iPad next year, according to a report on Monday, with the technology slated to land in a long-rumored headset in 2021 or 2022.

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Veterans using Healium app on iPhone to combat anxiety

11/11/2019, 09:11 am

On Veterans Day, Apple is highlighting the use of the iPhone and augmented reality to ease stress in returning service members, and those on active duty.

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Apple's AR smart glasses & ARM Mac may arrive in 2020

10/21/2019, 09:10 am

In a report on Monday morning, Apple is again predicted to roll out its long-awaited augmented reality smart glasses and an ARM Mac in 2020.

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Apple acquires motion capture firm IKinema [u]

10/03/2019, 06:10 pm

An unsubstantiated report on Thursday claims Apple has acquired UK-based firm IKinema, a specialist in real-time procedural animation and supporting technologies.

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Holographic elements could give Apple AR headset an immersive experience

09/19/2019, 08:09 am

Apple's rumored augmented reality headset may use a holographic combiner to project light onto the wearer's eyes, while an eye-tracking system for monitoring the gaze of the user could be used to provide more information about an environment based on where the user is actively looking.

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Apple smart glasses or VR headset could use laser range finding, smart gloves

08/29/2019, 08:08 am

Apple is working on more ideas it could implement in its long-rumored virtual reality headset or augmented reality smart glasses, including a display technology using lasers to create an image in the user's eye, along with magnet-laden gloves to give users finger-level control in the virtual world.

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Apple working on gaze tracking to make AR & VR faster & more accurate

08/13/2019, 08:08 am

Apple's long-rumored augmented reality or virtual reality headset could offer eye tracking as part of its control system, with the iPhone maker coming up with a way to make such a gaze-tracking system as accurate as possible, even when the headset is in motion.

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Apple moves high-profile software exec over to AR team

07/31/2019, 03:07 pm

The head of program management for Apple's software team, Kim Vorrath, has reportedly moved to an augmented reality team within the company, perhaps signalling accelerating work in the field.

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Apple recruits VR & Xbox engineer Nat Brown for unknown graphics work

07/30/2019, 02:07 pm

Apple has hired Valve and Xbox veteran Nat Brown to work on unspecified graphics technology, according to Twitter posts.

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'Foveated' display may boost Apple AR headset refresh rates

06/13/2019, 11:06 am

VR and AR headsets could offer high refresh rates in their screens, Apple proposes, by using a 'foveated display' and an eye tracking system to monitor the gaze of the user and to optimize rendering to focus only where the user is actively looking on a display.

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Apple advancing stereoscopic vision tech for future AR glasses

06/13/2019, 09:06 am

Apple is looking into ways to display pre-rendered 3D video in a stereoscopic way, a system that would be beneficial for AR glasses or a VR headset to provide a more believable view of a virtual object by creating a specific view for each eye.

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Eye dominance tracking could give Apple's VR and AR headsets an advantage

05/09/2019, 11:05 am

Apple's efforts to produce augmented reality or virtual reality devices could be improved by knowing which eye is dominant for the user, a piece of information that could help improve how eye detection systems work and make the overall experience better for the wearer.

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Apple hires Arthur van Hoff, founder of VR startup Jaunt

04/09/2019, 02:04 pm

Apple has recruited Arthur van Hoff, the founder of virtual reality outfit Jaunt, likely with an expected augmented reality headset in mind.

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