Apple this month added to its state a valuable staff – the founder of Jaunt VR, Arthur van Hoff, who is now a member of the AR / VR division of Apple. This information was obtained from Van Hoff’s updated profile on LinkedIn, which was first spotted by Variety.
Van Hoff now works as a senior architect at Apple, the giant did not provide any other details. Recall that his company, Jaunt VR, created equipment for capturing VR video, including a 3D camera for a $ 100,000 VR-shoot called The Jaunt One.
Rumors of problems in the company began in 2018, and in October, Jaunt VR dismissed most of its employees, moving from VR equipment to augmented reality. Jaunt is now focusing on creating a platform for creating scalable AR content.
At the same time, Van Hoff said he was finally leaving Jaunt VR by the end of 2018, and it looks like he ended up at Apple. It’s unclear exactly what he does at Cupertino, but given his experience in AR and VR, he probably joined the Apple team specializing in augmented and virtual reality.
Before Van Hoff became the founder of Jaunt VR, he was the technical director of Flipboard, the manager of software and services from Dell and an engineer at TiVo.
Rumor has it that Apple is working on developing a set of augmented reality glasses, which can be released as early as 2020. Apple also has other AR / VR prototypes under construction. Also earlier there were rumors that pointed to the possible development of some kind of hardware product of virtual reality from Apple in the future.
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