iOS 13 Code Confirms Apple AR Glasses & Spatial Interface Launcher

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In 2018, Apple acquired Akonia Holographics , a startup working on novel optics for AR based on holography. Two possible “states” for the Garta HME are listed, “worn” and “held” This may suggest that Garta is a testing device which the iPhone slots in to, similar to Google Cardboard for VR. Last week, MacRumors reportedly found references to iPhone-connected AR glasses and a spatial launcher interface for them.

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Analysis: Did Apple Really Cancel Its AR Headset?

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Akonia was working on novel optics for AR based on holography. Bar-Zeev was also a co-founder of Keyhole, which became Google Earth. If Google also enters the ring and Microsoft changes its enterprise-first strategy, the 2020’s could see the four giants battle for control of the post-smartphone era. Taiwanese news outlet DigiTimes recently reported that Apple canceled its long rumored AR hardware project.

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Augmented Reality May Be The Future, But It Still Has Major Limitations

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Oblong’s technological and design trajectories build on 15 years of foundational work at the MIT Media Lab, where Underkoffler was responsible for innovations in real-time computer graphics systems, optical and electronic holography, large-scale visualization techniques, and the I/O Bulb and Luminous Room systems. Niantic was spun out as an independent company in 2015 with backing from investors such as Google, Nintendo, and The Pokémon Company.

Apple’s AR Glasses Will Probably Be Powered And Controlled By Your iPhone

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Magic Leap and Microsoft also can’t leverage the many established services built into Apple and Google’s platforms. Akonia was working on novel optics for AR based on holography. An extensive patent application filed by Apple could provide insight into their plans for AR glasses. The patent describes interactions in augmented reality. The glasses in the text are described as being powered, and controlled, by a smartphone.

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