This year, we are expecting to see many new wearables that support VR and AR technology. Among the much-awaited device is the Apple Glasses. It should come with many interesting features, including six LiDAR sensors. It means, the Apple Glasses should be capable of providing 360-degree view for users. Through the video feed, you will have much better situational awareness without turning your head. We still don’t know how the wearable would look like, but it could be a curved sensor with swappable headbands and some kind of mesh. With ergonomic external features, you could wear the Apple Glasses conveniently, regardless of the situation. You need to be aware that this wearable is still a long way off, so what we know so far is still mostly speculations.
According to reports, the Apple Glasses should arrive in Q1 2022, if there’s no technical delay. It means, in just one year from now, you are able to buy the latest wearable from Apple. Another interesting detail to know is that Apple Glasses cost about $500 to make, so it is possible that it will retail for less than $1,000. Apple Glasses will have both VR and AR capabilities, making it usable in many situations. Typically, smart glasses are only for AR functionality, so it is interesting how Apple will allow the VR to work. It is not the only wearable that Apple is developing for VR purposes. In fact, the company is working on an advanced MR or mixed-reality glasses, which will also available in 2022 for around $3,000. This device should compete with the HoloLens MR headset that’s worth $3,500.
Apple’s patent filing gives us a glimpse of the company’s future AR technology. The filing shows us that the wearable is lightweight and small, just like regular pair of eyeglasses. One interesting is how the glasses could sense what’s the wearer is doing. It is possible to interact the wearable in multiple ways. The filing is simply about monitoring users of wearable. There’s no guarantee that the technology will be applicable for Apple Glasses. Although images and descriptions in the filing give us an insight about Apple’s future AR glasses, the company still doesn’t want to discuss about it openly. At the moment, AR is one of the transformative technologies and it could be potentially a money-maker for any business. There’s still a possibility that it’s just a concept, because even for Apple, it is still a huge challenged to cram batteries and electronics within a small and slim form factor.
The headset uses light waves that work at multiple frequencies. It should be able to detect any head gesture, including jaw motions, eyebrow raising, smiling, winking, blinking, mouth opening and chewing. If Apple releases its own AR and VR wearables, they will surely become the mainstream technology. This applied with smartphones, tablets and smartwatches. Apple iPhone sets a new standard in the mobile phone industry, although it’s far from being the first smartphone with touchscreen display.