While the release of the Apple Vision Pro is slated for early 2024, a new patent has surfaced, offering a sneak peek into a potential groundbreaking enhancement for the subsequent Apple VR headset.
Recently spotted by AppleInsider, the newly unveiled patent takes a departure from the established norms. It abandons the custom Zeiss inserts and the Micro OLED twin 4K displays featured in the Vision Pro. In a bold move, traditional display technology is completely eschewed in favour of a liquid display that adapts itself to the viewer’s unique requirements.
Elaborated in the patent, Apple outlines a system comprising multiple chambers endowed with walls that can be flexible or rigid. By employing a network of actuators, pumps, and reservoirs, a specially formulated liquid—potentially an oil-based mixture—takes centre stage. This fluid can shape and reshape itself to form an optical lens, responding to electronic signals directed towards the actuators, pumps, and reservoirs.
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Interactive Keyboard Enhancement
The patent’s innovation doesn’t stop at dynamic displays. It extends to the realm of virtual keyboards, presenting a solution to a common challenge—lack of tactile feedback. By integrating pressure sensitivity, pressing a virtual key causes it to move downward on the z-axis, accompanied by a subtle burst of light. This feature enhances the visual immersion, making the virtual keyboard experience more comfortable and natural.
Although the Meta Quest Pro also offers a virtual keyboard, Apple’s approach is hailed for its aesthetic appeal and lifelike appearance. The Vision Pro’s virtual keyboard, designed to be more natural and intuitive, finds favor among productivity users seeking an elevated mixed reality experience.
As Apple pioneers the future of VR technology, this patent paves the way for enhanced immersion and interaction, setting a new benchmark for the VR industry’s evolution.
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