Have you heard about Apple’s new product, the Apple Virtual Reality Glasses? Many people are confused and aren’t quite sure what it is. Will it really help enhance your real world experience? How do they work? Is it expensive or worth it?
First, let me explain what it is. It’s a new piece of hardware that basically combines the display screen of an iPad with an actual Glasses-type computer interface. In theory, this should make your actual Glasses experience much better than using your eyes (and a monitor). For Apple, the trick is, of course, to attach this unit to an iPad and display virtual information on the glasses display, probably even improved, with real world data displayed on the virtual environment. This is supposed to improve upon current augmented reality applications that are simply a series of little windows (with some text) that you have to drag around on the screen.
This technology is still in its “growing” stage. And there are still a lot of people who are very skeptical. However, there are some exceptions. For example, Google bought a company called Metavision, which makes augmented reality technology, and released a pair of glasses called Glass Explorer. These are the same types of glasses that Apple will be using, if they can successfully make the product. Metavision also makes Clearvoyance, another popular augmented reality application.
So how does Apple’s approach compare to these other applications? The answer is simple: they’re more advanced. With a simple strap and a free monocular viewer, they allow you to virtually walk through a scene, travel around town, fly a plane… it’s all possible with the iPhone. But they do go further.
What makes Apple’s version stand out is the use of the iPhone as a display system. With an iPhone, you can essentially project 3-dimensional graphics onto the lens of the lens. You can then stitch together all kinds of digital panoramas, including ones taken with the camera’s built-in flash. Then you can throw these together with a few simple gestures. All of this gives a truly immersive experience.
Apple’s virtual reality glasses will also work well with apps that have you holding the phone in one hand and navigating through menus in the other. It’s all made possible thanks to the fact that the iPhone is designed to work with these sorts of applications. For example, many games will require you to tap the screen to move your character through the scene. If you’re holding the iPhone in one hand, and an App in the other, you can seamlessly drag your finger over the screen to make your way through all of the menus and levels in your game.
While this technology sounds great, many people wonder about the quality of the experience. After all, how are you going to make sure that what you see is the most accurate representation of reality? This is something that the iPhone’s LCD screen and its motion sensor are naturally able to handle. They also work incredibly well for games that you are playing. When it comes to streaming movies or watching live TV, though, things can get a little more complicated. For example, will you be able to really tell what is happening in the scene when you’re not actively moving your eyes?
Fortunately, Apple knows this. The iPhone has a powerful graphics chip that allows it to output to a screen that is as clear and crisp as you’ll ever get. In fact, many of the apps that are coming out of Hollywood and Silicon Valley right now are using this technology to create the best virtual reality glasses for the iPhone. So, if you have been dying to buy yourself one of these glasses, but don’t know where to start. Now that you know this, you’ll be ready to go out and find the best price!