Apple takes virtual reality expert in service

Jan

23

2016

In the battle for the virtual world, Apple has now hired a virtual reality expert. It involves Doug Bowman, former professor of computer science at Virginia Tech University. Bowman is an expert in the field of full virtual reality and augmented reality.

Thus, Apple seems to be gearing up for catching up on Facebook, Alphabet, Microsoft and Samsung, writes the Financial Times. Bowman recently started working at Apple after he had enjoyed a sabbatical. For his gap year, he was director of the center for human-computer interaction at Virginia Tech.

Bowman’s experience includes virtual reality where the user is immersed in the experience, such as a closed Fri glasses and associated sound experience similar to a Oculus Rift, HTC Vive or Cardboard design for Google’s ideas. In addition, he also worked on augmented reality, where information on the existing environment will be placed around, like Microsoft or Google HoloLens Glass.

For now, Apple has several patents pending for VR headsets for smartphones and has several acquisitions in the field, including emotion recognition software Emotient, the German Metaio and Swiss motion capture company Face Shift. Late last year gave Bowman Virginia Tech still $ 100,000 awarded by Microsoft for research into the use of the HoloLens.

The market for virtual reality and these will include according to Goldman Sachs in 2025 at around $ 80 billion. What are Apple’s plans Fri or sleigh, is not clear. The company did not react against the FT and has released practically nothing about any plans.

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