As rumors suggest that Apple’s long-talked-about mixed-reality headphones will be released sometime in 2022, we’ve recently heard a few rumors about it. Now, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has returned with more details about the product, this time claiming that the device will have advanced hand movement detection.
In an investor note he saw 9to5Mac, Kuo says that Apple’s AR / VR headphones will be equipped with 3D sensors that are more advanced than those used by Apple for iPhone and iPad for Face ID. An analyst has heard from a source that Apple headphones are expected to have an innovative motion and motion detection system.
Specifically, the new headphones will have four sets of 3D sensors, while the iPhone has only one. This should allow the device to record movements and detect objects more accurately than the current TrueDepth camera, which is also capable of detecting movement – as seen in features such as Animoji.
According to Kuo, one of the features of Apple’s mixed reality headphones that enable such sensors is the detection of movements made by hands to control the interface.
We anticipate that the structured light of AR / MR headphones can detect not only a change in the position of the user’s hand and objects or other people in front of the user’s eyes, but also a dynamic change of hand detail (just like Face ID on iPhone / structured light / Animoji can detect the user’s dynamic expression) . Capturing hand movement details can provide a more intuitive and vivid human-machine user interface (for example, detecting a user’s hand from clenched fist to opening and balloon [image] in the hand of the fly).
The analyst believes that the 3D sensors built into Apple’s new headphones will also have an increased field of view (FOV), so it can detect objects up to 200% away from current Face ID sensors. In addition to hand movement detection, the headphones are said to have eye tracking, iris recognition, voice control, skin detection, facial expression detection and spatial detection.
Kuo also suggests that Apple is working on other AR / VR devices, as it mentions “Apple’s metaverse hardware devices.” Earlier this week, Kuo said that Apple’s headphones are expected to weigh around 350 grams, while the second generation will be lighter. The analyst also said last month that the product will be announced in 2022 and will not require a paired iPhone to work.
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