Apple hires an skilled in digital and augmented actuality tech

Apple hires an expert in virtual and augmented reality tech 'Minority Report' Photograph by FOX by way of Getty Photographs

Apple hasn’t proven off something like HoloLens, Cardboard, PlayStation VR, Gear VR or Oculus Rift but, however there’s one thing within the works. The Monetary Occasions stories that Apple employed one of many nation’s main specialists on digital and augmented actuality, Virginia Tech pc science professor Doug Bowman. Bowman was just lately listed amongst grant winners for HoloLens analysis tasks, and his specific talent appears to be in creating 3D consumer interfaces (like those imagined in Minority Report, above) for VR/AR experiences — you possibly can seize his e-book about it on Amazon.

This is not the one proof of Apple’s curiosity in digital actuality both, within the final yr we have seen iPhone-associated headset patents, work on a 360-diploma U2 video and acquired the augmented actuality agency Metaio. With none phrase on what the parents in Cupertino may do with all of this, our first thought is clearly a headset, whether or not it is VR like Oculus, or AR just like the HoloLens or Magic Leap know-how. One remaining observe from the Monetary Occasions quotes an analyst who factors on the rumored Titan automotive venture as one other attainable reply, as 3D and gesture-managed interfaces in automobiles begin to seem. For an concept of the know-how he is been engaged on to date, together with wearable shows and full encompass show prototypes, take a look at this video from Virginia Tech.