Apple Unveils First-Ever Augmented Reality Headset: The Vision Pro Interactive Glasses

Apple has unveiled the Vision Pro interactive glasses, its first-ever augmented reality headset.

Source: Mashable

Details: Vision Pro is a transparent display headset with a 3D interface that can be controlled by eyes, hands and voice.

Apple CEO Tim Cook noted during the presentation that, using the headset, you can see virtual worlds on a high-resolution screen.

With a button on the side of the headset, external cameras blend in with the real world. Cook calls this “spatial computing”.

Apple puts a lot of emphasis on the fact that the person wearing the Vision Pro headset is not isolated from the outside world. For example, when he is completely immersed in the virtual world, and another person approaches him, eye-to-eye contact occurs.

That is, an external screen allows other people to look into the eyes of a person with a Vision Pro headset.

Eyes, gestures and voice are used to control the device. For physical control, there is also a Digital Crown, like in the Apple Watch.

It is noted that Apple has put a lot of effort into making Vision Pro lightweight yet powerful. The display system consists of two micro-OLED displays with a total resolution of 23 million pixels. That’s more pixels than a 4K TV, according to Apple.

Video is played in true 4K resolution with wide color gamut and high dynamic range. Multiple cameras, both inside and out, as well as a Lidar scanner, track your eye and hand movements and scan the environment.

The headset also supports spatial audio and can scan your room to create a sense of presence.

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All this – in an aluminum and glass case, with a fabric strap that holds the headset on your head.

For people with glasses, Apple has partnered with Zeiss to create optical inserts that attach magnetically to the headset’s lenses.

It all runs on Apple’s M2 chip, which runs in parallel with the all-new R1 chip that processes input from the device’s cameras, sensors, and microphones. Simply put, M2 is responsible for the calculations, while R1 ensures the smooth operation of the device.

The identification system happens through an eye scan called Optic ID, which ensures that only the owner has access to the headset.

The battery life of Vision Pro is 2 hours. We are talking about using a headset with an external battery connected via a cable on the side.

The device will start at $3,499 and the Vision Pro will be available “early next year”.

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