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In the headlong rush towards the future of digital interaction, Apple has unveiled its latest technological gem, presented to the world as a masterpiece of engineering and design: the Apple Vision Pro Mixed Reality glasses.

At Innovae we have carried out a detailed test of this device which, although it promises to transform our perception and connection with the digital world, it still has a lot of room for improvement.

Elegant and refined aesthetics

The aesthetic design of the glasses deserves a special mention. The flawless construction and the quality of workmanship are not only plus points, but represent a clear differentiation from other models, setting a milestone in the visor industry.

The sleek, refined lines reflect Apple’s commitment to visual excellence, the expectations set by previous models on the market. It is undeniable that these glasses are not just a technological device, but an expression of style and sophistication.

Ergonomics could be improved

Although aesthetic perfection is dominant at first glance, these glasses do not escape ergonomic challenges, questioning their viability as a comfortable and practical tool for the wearer.

The weight of the visors (650g), the point of support on the face and head, and the resulting eyestrain and neck fatigue are aspects that call into question the promise of a smooth user experience.

These drawbacks would be partially remedied with an extra upper support strap on the main adjustment strap. While it is true that the glasses come with an alternative strap, its velcro adjustment system makes it rather difficult to handle.

Despite technical advances, the need for sustainable comfort remains a crucial challenge for the long-term success of Vision Pro.

One user, a pair of glasses

Once the calibration is done, the glasses are ready for present and future use. But only for us, as the process becomes more complicated when we want to share the glasses with someone else.

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As with iPhones and iPads, the Apple Vision Pro is designed for a single user, but includes a Guest Mode. This means that every time a guest user wants to use them, the main user needs to access the Control Centre and configure the settings.

On the other hand, Apple recommends the use of its ZEISS lenses for people wearing prescription glasses for an optimal experience, which may be a good solution for the main wearers of the glasses, but not for guests.

Although it is true that it is possible to use prescription glasses as long as the frames are very thin, this does not guarantee a 100% satisfactory user experience, as certain setbacks arise, such as failures in eye tracking or in the creation of the personalised avatar.

High resolution and user interface

From a technical perspective, Apple’s Mixed Reality glasses provide an awe-inspiring visual experience. The resolution of the holograms and multimedia, as well as the Spatial Audio, are exceptional and stand out for their quality.

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The only ‘but’ is that the image is slightly blurry when we move abruptly. However, the experience is very much like a Mixed Reality experience rather than a Virtual Reality experience, which is what the Vision Pro really offers, as it shows us the reality in front of our eyes through its dozen cameras and multiple sensors.

Despite this, the real strength of these glasses lies in the interaction and user experience, where Apple has managed to raise the bar in terms of elegance and refinement. The combination of a stunning visual experience and an intuitive interface positions these glasses as a benchmark at the cutting edge of technology.

Simple and intuitive interaction

Interaction, with hand tracking that allows interaction without raising the hand and eye tracking that, while excellent, requires calibration to achieve maximum accuracy, is a delight that redefines the user experience. In fact, the ability to navigate the interface and pick up objects without having to get close to them makes this interface stand out from the competition.

Ultimately, the interaction contributes to a fully intuitive operation that makes Apple’s ability to continue to break down social barriers indisputable, making it possible for anyone, regardless of technical ability, to immerse themselves in the Extended Reality universe in a matter of seconds.

An avatar that verges on the feeling of Uncanny Valley

The Vision Pro’s software is able to recreate our face and the gestures we make in real time through a previous scan.

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Once our face has been scanned, it is time for the avatar to come to life, capturing all the movements of the head, eyes, eyebrows and mouth. The scanning of these gestures is essential to achieve the excellent result of the avatar, as facial expressions are also part of our image.

The result: frankly good and bordering on the feeling of Uncanny Valley.

Vision Pro as a working tool

Apple’s viewers allow you to recreate the monitor of an Apple computer and place it in front of you in fairly good quality, although it only allows you to work with one screen at a time.

On the other hand, although the keyboard is not perfectly visible, one advantage of working with virtual monitors on the Vision Pro is that the brand’s keyboard is automatically synchronised with the glasses.

Another interesting feature is that when you’re typing in the Safari window, a text input box follows your gaze so you can continue typing without having to constantly turn your head. As with almost everything on these glasses, the gestures for selecting, cutting, copying and pasting are also very intuitive.

Limited autonomy

The battery life of just two hours, which also requires charging with a cumbersome external battery, poses a significant challenge to the promise of an uninterrupted experience.

In a world evolving towards wireless devices and where movies commonly exceed two hours in length, battery limitations emerge as an obstacle to prolonged entertainment. This aspect overshadows the achievements and advances mentioned above, generating a less favourable perception of the experience.

In short, the persistent challenge of convenience and limited autonomy raises questions about the viability of Apple’s Mixed Reality glasses as an essential tool for everyday life.

As these glasses evolve into lighter and more comfortable designs, their adoption is likely to increase. Until then, this technological gadget is presented as a luxurious toy to be enjoyed for fifteen minutes, rather than a functional tool for daily work or prolonged entertainment.

The initial awe and ‘wow’ effect that Mixed Reality features provoke, but which is ultimately overshadowed by ergonomic discomfort, reminds us that the way we experience technology is equally important as the technology itself.