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Apple Living in the Future, with Plans of Its New AR, VR Technology

While we all are living in 2020, (We know it is 2021) but mentally we all our stuck in the year of pandemic okay? So coming back to the point while we are living in the present, Apple is all set to explore the future. With its already amazing range of mobile devices, iPads and Laptops, Apple is now on a mission to build a 3D AR or VR glasses that will help you detect and measure the freshness or calorie content of food using the infrared sensors.

The Apple AR or VR device will be a head mounted glass similar to the Apple Glass and will be based on three patents. The patents according to Apple are as follows, diffraction gratings as a way to receive light, Head-Mounted Display Unit with Adaptable Facial Interface, and Eye-tracking refinement.

The first patent which is the diffraction gratings as a way to receive light outlines a system that uses infrared sensors to gather the light spectrum of a focused object. This could include beam steerers and adjustable components like lenses and polarizers. According to Apple, this patent will be helpful in tasks such as image recognition. On this, an example was given by Apple that a user of the glass may like to evaluate for example food items placed in front of him using the optical sensing. This preference may be stored in memory of the device or may be selected dynamically by a user.

According to Apple, this image recognition could then be used to retrieve information stored in a database. That data could include food characteristics such as freshness, fat content, food type, sweetness, and other metrics which you want to know. Also, this will not be limited to food only, any type of object can be analyzed using the optical sensor.

The second patent which is the Head-Mounted Display Unit with Adaptable Facial Interface covers the fact that the interface system should be worn on the head and comprises of two parts which are display assembly and a facial interface. The facial interface will be joined to the display assembly and will help the device stay fixed on the user’s head. In short the purpose of this patent would be to provide a system meant to enclose a user's eyes and to provide an environment for virtual reality or mixed reality experiences.

The third and final patent is Eye-tracking refinement. While this is not the first time Apple has signed an eye tracking technology patent for one of its devices, this new patent will probably come with a few new differences. Apple mentioned that the new patent technology will use at least one camera and an illumination source similar to ones in the part. However, instead of "hot mirrors" mentioned in past patents this new patent application mentions diffraction gratings as a way to receive light. The purpose of this patent will be to redirect or reflect at least a portion of infrared light reflected off the user's eyes, while allowing visible light to pass so that the cameras can capture images of the user's eyes from the infrared light that is redirected or reflected by the diffraction gratings.

While these are the basic patents and features that were released by the company, the new AR or VR glasses have not been introduced to the public as of yet and there can be a few changes for the device to make it better.


H/T: AI.

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