Apple Vision Pro Captures 3D Spatial Videos and Photos

Apple's new Vision Pro headset is equipped with an array of cameras for everything from eye scanning to gesture tracking, but it also has an external camera for capturing photos and videos.

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The 3D camera on the Vision Pro takes 3D photos and records 3D videos that can be viewed back on the headset. Apple says that the feature is designed to allow users to relive their memories like never before. Standard photos from an iPhone or another device can also be viewed on the headset, but the 3D images will be much more immersive.

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Spatial videos and photos are designed to have "incredible depth" according to Apple, which lets the user "see into a moment." They can be expanded and zoomed in just like a regular photo.

There is a button at the top of the headset that is designed to let users capture spatial videos or photos, and while recording is ongoing, the headset's external display flashes with an animation that lets the people around you know that video is being recorded.

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With the recording indicator, no one will be able to use Vision Pro record video or take images in secret, which is a problem that prior headsets have faced. Google Glass, Google's now-defunct AR smart glasses, allowed for surreptitious photo and video recording in public spaces. Google came under fire for its capabilities, and some businesses even began banning the use of Google Glass.

It is not clear if Apple will face some of the same issues with Vision Pro, but it at least makes it clear when a video is being recorded thanks to the unique external display. It's also not as lightweight and wearable as Google Glass, so it is unlikely many people will be wearing the Vision Pro out in public.

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Top Rated Comments

FSMBP Avatar
13 months ago
The first image of the dad wearing those and filming his kids is creepy...

I'd rather enjoy the moment in real-time OR quickly snap a pic with my phone (and tuck it away)...I think the trend should be less tech in our lives rather than the complete opposite. But obviously, Apple would know better than some random person like me.
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jz0309 Avatar
13 months ago
that example of a birthday cake just sucks ...
I think this feature will be useful for creating learning videos or remote teaching/troubleshooting and such ...
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Calle68 Avatar
13 months ago
We are not that far to a Black Mirror distopic future. It's only a matter of size, memory and we are there.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
redbeard331 Avatar
13 months ago
But can it take selfies?
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Scoob Redux Avatar
13 months ago
re: the birthday image:
So, the concept is that we can wear an AR headset and miss out on the actual event so that we can re-live it later virtually?
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
13 months ago

But can it take selfies?
I think it can take Slofies... Remember iPhone 11 era.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)