The Apple VR, the eventual virtual reality headset for the Manzanita, would come with holographic controls that allow finger tracing. We tell you what this technology will be like and how it will work, here!
Apple obtained a new patent related to 3D modeling of fingers to make gestures and everything seems to indicate that it would be used in the eventual headset Apple VR. The patent It was published in the United States Patent and Trademark Office. It details a system that can generate a 3D model of fingers that are used to navigate virtual environments. This would not be used in Apple Glasses, supposedly, which are the models that would arrive in 2022, but in later technology.
The patent refers to two specific things: on the one hand, the use of finger gestures, and on the other, visual touch detection, with figures showing how the system could work. In the representation, a diagram illustrates a system for generating a 3D model of a fingertip, using a combination of cameras and depth sensors. The accompanying text further suggests algorithm-based contour alignment that would allow hand tracking.
As described, this technology seems relatively similar to what the Oculus Quest. However, finger tracking would require a rather impressive degree of precision. Although this technology is in the early stages, it remains to be seen how it materializes.
Outside of this, we know very little about what the eventual Apple VR will be. Some sources speak of 8K displays for each eye, technology that tracks the pupils, and LiDAR sensors with haptic controls to complement the experience.
In addition to all this, some rumors already mention the price, and like all Apple products, it does not seem that it will be an option for the masses but a premium one. According to The Information, for example, it will cost $ 3,000. This is a number corroborated by Bloomberg, from where they affirm that Apple will sell one per day per store, as an artificial limit.
In short, the headset Apple VR it’s probably on the way, but getting it is going to be difficult and expensive.