What you need to know
- Multiple rumors indicate Apple is working on a VR headset.
- A new patent reveals an alert system for hailing users who are immersed in virtual reality.
- A future Apple headset could recognize when someone is trying to get your attention in VR, and even who that person is.
A new patent from Apple has revealed how a future Apple VR headset could one day detect when someone is trying to get your attention whilst you're immersed in virtual reality.
The patent is titled 'System and Method For User Alerts During An Immersive Computer-Generated Reality Experience' and covers systems and methods for hailing the user of a virtual reality headset. The patent explains:
The system features a head-mounted display, as well as an image sensor and a microphone that can detect when the user of a VR/AR headset is being "hailed":
Not only can the system alert you to someone trying to get your attention in VR, it can also use image detection to figure out who exactly might be trying to talk to you. When a hail event is detected, the headset could display an audio and visual alert.
Multiple reports indicate Apple is working on a mixed-reality headset that could be used for gaming and communication.
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With other VR systems currently on the market, you get to see if anything physical has entered your defined bounding box, and it will show up as an overlay in the VR world. Sound alerts are okay as well, and this looks to be exactly what Apple is trying to bring to the table. Any additions, like voice will always be a good thing. Apple still needs to bring their VR out to the real world.
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