Apple announced VR Vision Pro virtual reality glasses at its WWDC developer conference. According to the company, it is a device that enables “spatial computing”. The program has a three-dimensional interface.
Controlling Vision Pro in VisionOS works with Gesture Control. For example, it is possible to select an item by bringing the index and thumb fingers together. Moving these fingers up or down scrolls. When users look at a text field, they can dictate the text. The Digital Crown more or less obscures the environment.
The glasses detect if someone is in the room and then display it automatically. When the user is not in a trial, the front screen shows the user’s eyes. This is done through infrared eye tracking. EyeSight is also displayed when users take a photo or video using the cameras on the glasses. This footage is in 3D.
Many apps are included in the program, including Safari, Photos, Messages, Facetime and TV+. It is also possible to use Vision Pro as a monitor for your Mac by looking at it. Vision Pro also has the ability to display 3D movies. In addition, users create a avatar, which is a 3D model of their face for video meetings. VisionOS will have its own app store. Users are authenticated using Optic ID, an iris scanner housed in the headset.
The Vision Pro has a microLED display, with 7.5-micron pixels. As a result, according to Apple, 64 pixels of the screen fit into a Vision Pro. There is a curved OLED screen on the outside to make the VR glasses look transparent. Apps can’t access data from what users are looking at.
The Vision Pro has an M2 soc chip with an R1 chip that has to process input from the sensors as quickly as possible. It can operate on mains power or with an external battery. Apple says this provides up to two hours of battery life. The Vision Pro will be released early next year for $3,499 in the US and will be released in several countries in the following months. Nothing is known about the release in the Benelux yet.
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