INNOVATION: Apple Engineers Leak 8000 Line Resolution Apple Virtual Reality Headset

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Apple Engineers Leak 8000 Line Resolution Apple Virtual Reality Headset

No VR headset looks right to any user unless it has, at least, 8000 line resolution, like the human eye needs to see. Nobody has gotten there....yet!

Giovanni Carbone, who has been with Apple as a Senior Panel Optical Engineer and some of his team-mates have a hot VR rig they are building. Carbone's background experience was in Liquid on Crystal Silicon Micro-displays for a small form factor, high efficiency pico-projector. Carbone also worked as a senior research scientist at Micron Technology. Chaohao Wang is Apple's Display Technology Engineer Manager who with Carbone.

They have the legal and brand clout of Apple that one needs to force flat panel makers to stamp out the fabled 8K VR headset display panel per eye. Apple intends to enhance the display by showing a clear image on the display, where your eye is looking, and a crappier version on the image at the edge of the screen to trick your brain into thinking that you are seeing a fully clear image.

A European patent filing from Apple that was originally filed in August 2017 surfaced publicly.. The patent relates to foveated displays. Qualcomm's VR 820 is a virtual reality reference platform that uses smooth 3D with Foveated rendering. It's also used in techniques related to gaze tracking or eye tracking where the central one or two degrees of the visual angle (that area of the visual field which falls on the fovea) provide the bulk of visual information. Apple's patent interestingly covers 8K Displays. Earlier this month Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Invents an Optical System for a Future VR and AR Headset." While smart glasses may be many years away, a video headset could likely surface ahead of time so as to work out some of the underlying technologies. 

CNET reports that: "... If you've ever felt like VR headsets weren't high-res enough, I'm here to tell you I've seen the solution. I've finally tried a headset that reached retina display. And you can try it too... if you have $6,000.

Up in a hotel suite at the Mandarin Oriental here in New York, I slid on the mirror-fronted Varjo VR-1 headset, just like any other head-mounted display I've ever put on. But what I saw was nothing like other VR. I'd steeled myself against other reports I'd read from VR sites that had gotten early demos last year and declared the experience "breathtaking." But even so, Varjo's ultra high-def VR headset has a clarity I've never seen before.

I'm looking at a car design, a model made by Autodesk, spinning around in front of me. The finish, the hubcaps, everything looks ultra crisp. It's like seeing everything on the best gaming monitor. Or like I'm seeing it in real life..."

The Varjo does this by tricking the brain and not by having the best flat panel displays.

If Apple can pull off the trick of ordering 8K displays to be manufactured AND foveated rendering at under $300.00 then we may finally have the last word in VR.

 

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