Apple Will Build Its Own Augmented Reality Headset

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Apple hasn’t confirmed yet, but according to reports, the American multinational technology company headquartered in Cupertino, California, will build an AR device which will stack up against the upcoming HoloLens. Apparently, Apple has been secretly recruiting experts in AR and VR and formed a team which has the top researcher, Doug Bowman, in its composition. Also, Apple has made some valuable acquisitions, such as Metaio, Faceshift, Emotient and Flyby Media, and the latter is behind the application for Google’s Project Tango smartphone, which works with 3D sensors and allows users to share messages “attached” to real objects.

Apple hasn’t rushed to make its debut into augmented reality world yet because the company wanted to see what Microsoft and Oculus are capable of, and after their products would hit the market, the Apple headset would make its appearance and blow everyone’s minds with its specs. Some rumors suggest that Apple has already built a number of prototypes with many “possible headset configurations” and they’re very similar to the Oculus Rift, but more advanced.

At the beginning of 2015, Apple was among the first companies that started working on VR and AR technologies, but the desire to incorporate them into various products dates back many years, when the giant corporation started filling multiple patents for 3D hyper reality displays, video goggles etc.

Doug Bowman was a reputable computer science professor at Virginia Tech until he was hired by Apple as a Virtual Reality Researcher and most likely, to will be part of the secret VR team which is working on the rumored prototypes. The Financial Times has reported that Apple has made job offers to members of the Microsoft HoloLens team and to people who have worked on Lytro’s light field camera and, now, Apple’s team is growing stronger.

Over time, we’ll hear more news about Apple’s plans to take over the VR world, but for now, we don’t have a solid lead regarding the price of the device or when it will be released.

Sources: YouthHealthMag & MacRumors