The idea of virtual reality has been existent for a while now. The solidification of the idea, however, cannot be actually realized until, as far as a layman is concerned at least, a proof of its possibility is seen.
While still in development, Oculus VR has released a developer version of Oculus Rift; a virtual reality head-mounted display, in exchange of a $300 pledge or more back in August 2012. Come March 2014, Oculus VR was acquired by Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) for US$2 billion cash and Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) stock.
Even though the Rift is not yet available in the market (it was originally rumored to be launched late this year or in 2015 but it is not confirmed), the mere announcement of its development stirred the gaming community. A proof of how much of a hype this technology is; Oculus VR’s raised US$2.4 million only through crowd funding.
Back in December 2013, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) won a patent for 3D glasses that essentially convert your immediate view similar to that of an IMAX theater. While the Oculus Rift gained immediate popularity among the gaming community due to its amazing 3D technology, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) appeared to have been working under the radar along the similar line of developing a wearable device that allows its user to view media and play games. The patent was submitted back in 2008; although a number of video patents have been submitted by the innovation giant since 2006, which proves that they have been tapping on the virtual reality technology for quite some time now.
Seemingly, a Cyclops gear look-alike is not enough though.
A recent job post by Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) almost solidifies their dabbling into the realms of virtual reality. The company is on the lookout for experienced software engineers who have experiences in 3D graphics that can help them create high performance applications that are to be integrated with virtual reality systems apart from aiding in the necessary user testing and development of prototypes. Further details regarding the specific use of the applications were not mentioned, but the ad does appear to suggest that Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is planning to develop a product that is geared towards a virtual or an augmented reality experience. If not a virtual reality software, “virtual reality systems” can refer to an integration with third-party hardware, similar to the growing number of iPhone accessories for virtual reality experiences; or even their own virtual reality hardware.
As far as the solutions go, such a technology will require application developers to support the platform in order to make the hardware, (if it concerns with hardware in the first place) more appealing and acceptable to consumers while their competitors’ products are still on beta testing and with only developer units available.
Several user interfaces for iPhone have been published by Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) already, but prior to this job posting from them over the weekend, there has never been a confirmation of their interest and pursuance in the development of a virtual reality software before.