Apple’s First Steps on Augmented Reality (AR)

Apple's First Steps on Augmented Reality (AR)
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Apple has patented its Augmented Reality (AR) device in the early June almost after a year since the rumors have spread. Apple’s patent for an AR device with the wrap-around display was first filed for in April 2015 and credits Scott A. Myers as its inventor, according to the Apple Insider. The AR device is wearable and has a translucent display.

The AR device has the AMOLED and flexible screens that the competing companies like Lenovo, Samsung are trying to achieve. The flexible AMOLED screens can be heated to conform to a particular shape, as per the patent. The AR device is quite efficient with an accelerometer, cameras, and face‑tracking technology. However, Apple is not the first to experiment with the face-tracking software. The world’s first eye-tracking Virtual Reality (VR) headset campaigned in 2015, by a Tokyo-based startup that called Fove.

Apple's First Steps on Augmented Reality (AR)

As the patent describes, the individual pixels in the display are illuminated instead of lighting up the entire display, making the device power efficient. The interaction of the user with the device is rather advanced. The patent mentions that the device has the traditional input methods but also teases a “visual/image capture input interface,” suggesting that the device would respond to what its cameras capture or the movements of a user’s face, according to PCMag.

Nevertheless, the “patents” don’t always come alive. But, as the technology advances and the expertise increases, Apple is going towards the AR future. A report published in March 2015 by Piper Jaffray senior research analyst Gene Munster said that the tech giant had already assembled a small group, “likely trying to understand a wearable interface that design would ultimately make fashionable/socially acceptable.”

Author: @SujanaOruganti

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