Apple is working on a secret technology, and it’s not another iPhone.
Just like its rivals Google and Microsoft, the iPhone maker too has been showing interest in virtual reality and augmented reality. However, the primary focus for Apple is an in-between technology that it believes will change the world as we know it.
The cross between virtual reality and augmented reality is something known as “mixed reality.” According to a report by the Financial Times, Apple is gung-ho about this technology and has hired a secret team comprising hundreds of scientists and experts to create the next big game changer. As always, Apple’s objective is to create a device that will outperform Facebook’s Oculus Rift and Microsoft’s HoloLens.
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One has to bear in mind that Apple’s rival Google is no stranger to mixed reality. According to Engadget, Google is also investing its time and resources on mixed reality through a company called Magic Leap.
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However, from the looks of it, Apple isn’t focusing separately on developing virtual reality and augmented reality gadgets. Instead, it seems to be working on a healthy blend of the both, which will create a mesmerizing experience for the users.
In the recent quarterly earnings conference, Apple CEO Tim Cook shared his views about virtual reality and his response was not as enthusiastic. “In terms of VR, I don’t think it’s a niche. It’s really cool and has some interesting applications,” said Tim Cook, according to a report by Verge.
According to a report by Market Watch, Apple initially filed a patent in 2008. Although Apple has not specifically mentioned in the patent that the tech is related to virtual reality or augmented reality, it has made it clear that the new device is a wearable and could be designed in the form of glasses, goggles, or strapped onto helmets and hats. The device will be capable of splitting its screen into multiple image frames to create stereoscopic imaging, which creates 3D-like depth for images.
According to a new patent filed by Apple recently, the company is apparently looking at a Pokémon Go kind of experience, but one which transcends gaming and entertainment.
Here are some examples of how Apple’s new tech will create a digital renaissance.
According to the patent, Apple’s new technology is a boon for teachers, doctors, and engineers. For example, a teacher can hold Apple’s new gadget over a student’s exam paper and an outline showing incorrect answers to exam questions can be displayed in the live video to assist the teacher in grading the exam paper. This saves time and increases productivity.
On the other hand, doctors can use Apple’s new technology to capture a live video of the patient’s face. Using pattern recognition and other information (such as a bar code or other patient identifier, information related to the patient, his medical history, or drug prescriptions) will be displayed on Apple’s new device.
“In other implementations, a live video of a body part that needs medical attention can be captured and augmented with annotations that can help the doctor make a diagnosis. The video can be shared with other doctors who can generate annotations on their respective devices to assist the doctor in a diagnosis. Pattern matching or other image processing can be used to identify problems with the injured body part based on its visual appearance (e.g. color). In one example application, an x-ray or MRI video can be displayed with the live video,” said Apple in its patent.
Apple’s new gadget can also capture a live video of an engine of a car or other vehicle and the parts of the engine can be recognized from the live video. “An information layer (e.g., a manual excerpt) can be generated and combined with the live video. For example, a car mechanic can hold device 1 over a car engine and an outline identifying parts and providing excerpts from a repair manual or schematics can be displayed in the live video to assist the mechanic in repairing the engine,” Apple stated in its patent.
Going by the patent, the social impact seems to be immense and change the way we do things. Hopefully, Apple will launch this new technology soon.
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