What Everyone Got Wrong About Apple Vision Pro

What Everyone Got Wrong About Apple Vision Pro | Potential Uses For Apple Vision Pro

So, I am guessing you are dying to know what exactly everyone got wrong about Apple Vision Pro. What even Apple themselves got wrong? Well, my fellow tech enthusiast, I am 99.999999% confident that you WON’T be expecting what I am about to share.

What Everyone Got Wrong About Apple Vision Pro

So then, what exactly did everyone, even Apple, get wrong about Apple Vision Pro? It is quite simple really, no need for a world-famous astrophysicist to sum it up—sorry Neil! The truth is that I strongly believe that Apple Vision Pro has hidden potential that not even Apple themselves may be aware of.

The main points are as follows:

  • Potential uses for Apple Vision Pro extend further than what Apple originally intended, namely assisting the visually impaired (people with limited eyesight).
  • There is a major issue that affects people who require assistive technologies that products like Apple Vision Pro can help resolve.

Okay, so big whoop, Apple Vision Pro can help people with disabilities. “How does that benefit me?” you may ask. Well, my dear, I would implore you to read on as I will state my case in great detail. You wouldn’t want to starve your inner tech nerd of all the fun and exhilarating information that I know he or she craves, would you?

Apple Vision Pro Is Actually Affordable?

Did you know that Apple Vision Pro (costing about $3499) can actually be considered affordable in some cases? “WHAAAAT? Has this guy been sniffing too many Sharpies?” you might be wondering. Well… let me explain!

Before I move on, some of you might be thinking to yourselves What does Apple Vision Pro actually do? Apple Vision Pro is a VR/AR headset, kind of like Oculus Quest or PlayStation VR, developed by Apple. Apple Vision Pro is equipped with several cameras and other sensors that allow it to create a detailed representation of the user’s environment.

Okay, now that we are caught up, hopefully, let us continue. Many forms of assistive technology are outrageously overpriced. Take eSight for instance. eSight is a company that designed a pair of glasses by the same name. These glasses are special because they are intended to help people with vision problems see better. They achieve this by:

“capturing vivid images and pictures out in the field and leveraging powerful camera sensors to provide that visual information to our proprietary image processing algorithm before displaying it in our advanced OLED displays and patented near-eye optics.”

I know that sounds like a bunch of fluffed-up technical jargon (quite sloppy if you ask me) but it means that there is a camera on the front of the headset that captures everything in front of the user. It is then displayed as video on tiny screens in front of each eye, which brings me to another statement of theirs:

“eSight’s advanced algorithms optimize and enhance the footage before displaying it on two screens in front of your eyes – delivering more data to your brain through your eyes and triggering an increased reaction from the eye.”

The company claims that eSight enhances the footage—I guess—to overstimulate the brain with visual information that it hasn’t perceived before thus forcing the eyes to dilate in an effort to grab as much visual information as possible. I assume this is what they meant, but is that even plausible?

Or is it another one of those fluffed-up technical explanations (again, quite sloppy) that every tech company seems to be doing nowadays to make their basic technology appear as though it is groundbreaking?

Where Apple Vision Pro Really Shines.

When I tested out eSight, I was able to connect them to my computer through an HDMI port and see my computer screen up close. It was a cool feature on paper, but the experience was a little awkward.

The eSight has a built-in gyroscope, which allows the headset to detect when it is being tilted up or down and left or right, like how a smartphone can detect in what orientation you hold it and rotate the view accordingly.

This meant that I could magnify whatever was displayed on my computer and all I had to do was tilt my head up, down, left, or right to see the rest of the screen.

While I was there, the eSight technicians allowed me to walk around with the device. I looked everywhere: out the windows at buildings, at the TV in the lobby, and even got to try reading. The device did seem to help a lot in those regards.

In my experience, the eSight was just a portable form of another type of assistive technology known as CCTV, which are monitors that are equipped with cameras to magnify textbooks, handouts, or whiteboards in a classroom.

CCTV for the visually impaired

To reiterate, it was just like looking at any ordinary TV or smartphone screen. Perhaps someone with less vision than me would notice a more significant difference, but if any image processing/stimulation was going on, all it did was give me a headache.

According to the technicians, this was to be expected and would go away after consistent use. That didn’t sound safe. I mean come on! Your eyes are being forcefully dilated!

To be honest, I do not think that much image processing/enhancement was going on. I think the headache was caused by the screens on the eSight being so small that they didn’t take up my entire visual field.

It’s like when they tell you not to watch TV in a dark room because the blue light emanating from the screen alone can strain the eyes as discussed here.

Not only that, but I’ve used other VR headsets such as Samsung’s Gear VR (with screens that take up a majority of the visual field) that did not give me a headache. But even so, it would be a good idea for a company like Apple to look more into this type of issue.

Both eSight and Apple Vision Pro share some of the same capabilities. The difference is that one of them can do what the other does, but it can also do MORE—and do it all BETTER—at a fraction of the cost.

Now the question remains, how much is eSight? For everything that it does, it costs about $7000! No, the shrooms haven’t kicked in yet! You read that right—7 Gs! For a headset with only one camera versus the seven on Apple Vision Pro. Plus the IR illuminators. Plus the LiDar Scanner.

Some of you probably don’t even know what the frick those last two are but my point here is that Apple Vision Pro has so much more technology baked into it and somehow it is only about half the cost of eSight. There is no doubt that here its hidden potential truly shines.

Oh So, Apple Is Actually Saving People Money?

Overpricing assistive technology has been a persisting issue for a very long time. How ironic that a corporation such as Apple—known for overpricing their products—would be the one to save you an arm and a leg. The vision is already messed up. Don’t need any more disabilities, thank you!

Not only that but there is also almost nothing that eSight can do that Apple Vision Pro can’t. The only thing holding Apple Vision Pro back (barely) is its two-hour battery life—trifled by eSight’s whopping three hours—and comfort for extended periods as it is a bulky device.

But once Apple releases this headset and the technology matures to a point where these concerns can be addressed, eSight, like those big bulky CCTVs, will become irrelevant.

More On The Potential Uses for Apple Vision Pro – The Major Issue

My aim here was to spread awareness of an issue that has plagued the blind community, as well as other disabled communities I would imagine, for the longest time. The irony in all this is that assistive technologies aim to make the world more accessible, but the technology itself is not even affordable and therefore inaccessible—many of which I may discuss in the future.

Granted, in the United States, there are government-established programs that help offset some expenses, but many of them are only available while the client is in school. This in itself poses a major issue because the average Joe does not have $7000.00 just lying around.

Conclusion

What we did here today is merely scratching the surface of what potential uses there are for Apple Vision Pro regarding the visually impaired. With all the technology baked into it, Apple Vision Pro has endless assistive capabilities for us to discuss in the future. So stay tuned!

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