Apple’s AR glasses may be dead, but the company is reportedly working to release a mixed reality headset in 2020 with 8K displays for each eye and a set of cameras and sensors to track both the environment and the user’s face. The project codename: T288.
Mixed reality headsets are basically straight VR headsets that are equipped with cameras to capture the reality around the user. Rather than overlaying 3D computer graphics on your actual view of the world — like with the Microsoft Hololens — a mixed reality set takes the video capture with the camera and the synthetic image and merges it into a video.
A CNET story claims that a new Apple patent filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office is proof of their previous April 2018 report. The patent — published on July 18, 2019 after a March 2019 filing — describes a headset with one display for each eye, cameras, and sensors to capture the user’s face. This will not only allow the headset to mix reality and 3D into one, but will also track the user’s expressions to render its avatar in cyberspace.
Apple has had a long list of patents and company acquisitions that clearly show that the Cupertino company is working on AR glasses.
Tim Cook has said in the past that he is a fan of AR, thinking that VR is too closed and isolating, while AR is about connecting with others