Apple recently unveiled its first generation spatial computer, the Vision Pro. The AR/VR headset features a 3D camera system and speakers with Spatial Audio support to use the three-dimensionally formed laminated glass as an optical surface for the cameras and sensors that view the world. For its advanced technology, Vision Pro will retail for $3,500.
However, Apple seems to be working on ways to build a cheaper Vision Pro or head-mounted device with removable accessories.
A new patent granted to the Cupertino tech giant by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office reveals that the company is developing detachable or removable accessories for head-mountable devices with AR or mixed reality (AR/VR) technologies like cameras, microphones, speakers, and more.
Removable accessories could make future Vision Pro more affordable and customizable
The new filing, spotted by Patently Apple describes removable accessories for future head-mounted devices like Vision Pro. The concept behind detachable accessories like displays, batteries, cameras, and more is to offer personalization by allowing them to modify components according to their needs or preferences and to reduce the device’s price.
Head-mounted devices, such as head-mounted displays, headsets, visors, smartgalsses, head-up display, e.t.c. can perform a range of functions that is determined by the components (r.g. sensors, circuitry, and other hardware) included with the wearable device as manufactured.
However, space, cost, and other considerations may limit the ability to provide every component that might provide a desired function. For example, different users may have different preferences regarding the components and functions that are provided by a given head-mountable device.
- Some users may desire certain capabilities, such as high resolution display and long battery life, while other users may desire other capabilites such as smaller form factor.
- Furthermore, a given user may desire different functions at different times. For, example, a given user may desire high-resolution display at home and long battery life when outside the home.
Rumor mills claim that Apple is working on a cheaper second-generation Vision Pro and an AR Apple Glass. If the tech giant does launch a Vision Pro or HMD with removable accessories, it is likely that the company will sell them separately which might not end up being cheaper.