Apple’s AR headset to weigh just 300 grams and offer hand tracking
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo shares his predictions regarding the rumored AR headset. He says it will weigh anywhere between 300 and 400 grams, which is pretty easy to begin with, and will be powered by M1 silicon.
However, since the AR glasses will rely on the user’s hand gestures for navigation through the user interface, the device will also pack some advanced tracking hardware. The analyst believes the company will use a combination of ToF (time of flight) and structured light sensors. The latter is the main element of today’s iPhones Face ID, but since the user’s hands will be further away, the sensors will need to increase their range by 200%.
The software will also be able to sense “dynamic detail change” of the hands, which will further improve accuracy. This is how Face ID works – it can detect facial expressions that do not interfere with the unlocking process.
The ToF sensors, on the other hand, will help with low latency tracking and improve the field of view of the headset.
It is also worth noting that, according to internal sources, Apple is already working on another iteration of the device, which is likely to be even easier than the first. This suggests that Apple is close to launching the original version.