This isn't a surprise to me, as I can feel it in my bones that Apple is working on AR/VR/MR technology - but thanks to an unfortunate injury at the Apple campus recently, we now kinda know that Apple is working on a new headset.
An incident report from last month made its way onto the internet, with Gizmodo reporting a story titled "Impact Descriptions Reported in [Santa Clara Valley] from Last Month". The report had some new details on the hotly-rumored AR project, something that UploadVR founder and one of the most finger-to-the-pulse of AR/VR/MR movements in the industry, Robert Scoble, has been talking about for ages now.
Apple's purported headset has been designed, at least so far, to overlay a 3D image onto your eye. The report said: "After BT4 user study, user advised study lead, that she experienced discomfort in her eye and said she was able to see the laser flash at several points during the study. Study lead referred her to optometrist and secured prototype unit for analysis".
Then there's the March 2 report of an injury, which stated: "Employee reported eye pain after working with new prototype, thought it may be associated with use. He noticed that the security seal on the magenta (outer) case had been broken and had thought the unit may have been tampered with".
According to sources familiar with the matter, Apple is working on both AR and VR headsets - and thanks to Scoble's info, we should expect a big event for Apple's next launch. It's meant to be the 'Next Big Thing', with iPhone X stepping into unfamiliar design change and industry-leading technology, while an AR/VR headset unveiling could change the path of many multi-billion dollar companies. Exciting times, that's for sure.
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