Apple’s upcoming AR/VR earphone can be accompanied by a total of 14 cameras to create a lifelike avatar of the user, as reported by The Information. Each of these cameras will track the user’s face to project precise facial expressions and mouth movements in the AI avatar.
The report also said that the former Apple design manager Jony Ive is still involved in the headset projekt in the role of an external consultant and he leans more towards headphone design where the user has to wear a battery connected to the headset, much like Magic Leap’s headphone design. However, the report also added that “it could not be learned whether this approach would be incorporated into the final design.”
“A person familiar with the matter said Ive’s consulting work for Apple since his departure that includes headphones, adding that he is often brought in to help his former team improve their interests in areas such as battery, camera placement and ergonomics compared to engineers. The two said that even after Ive left Apple, some employees of the headset project were still required to take the walking tour from Cupertino to San Francisco, where Ive has a home, to get his approval. about changes. ”, the report added.
The report adds that Apple isn’t focusing the headset on gaming, and could use “hand tracking or in combination with a clothespin-like finger clip as input to the device.”
Apple AR / VR The headset is expected to launch in 2023.