Apple’s unannounced mixed reality headset is said to feature an advanced eye-tracking system.
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo released a new investors note, obtained by MacRumors. In it, Kuo stated that Apple’s AR/VR headset would utilize an eye-tracking system to measure eye movements. Using a transmitter and receiver, the system can render images and data, formed by an algorithm.
Apple’s eye tracking system includes a transmitter and a receiver. The transmitting end provides one or several different wavelengths of invisible light, and the receiving end detects the change of the invisible light reflected by the eyeball, and judges the eyeball movement based on the change.
Many AR and VR headsets available on the market utilize physical controllers to navigate internal systems. Kuo believes that the eye-tracking system can provide a more user-friendly and smooth experience. The use of eye-tracking can ensure the visual experience is seamless when interacting with the external environment when wearing the device. Additionally, Kuo believes that the use of such a system will be more intuitive and save on the burden of rendering additional assets where the user is not looking.
Kuo also made mention of the possibility of iris recognition. While not outright stating whether the headset will feature iris recognition implementation, Kuo did state that integration would be possible. If used, Kuo believes it would be more intuitive than what’s currently used for features such as Apple Pay.
Apple’s mixed reality headset has not quite been a well-kept secret. It’s been reported that the device will be more lightweight than many AR/VR products currently available. To maintain a lighter weight, it’s been said that the headset will feature a fabric design. Additionally, it’s expected that the headset will launch in 2022 with a beefy price tag of roughly $1,000 USD.