Apple Vision Pro 'Visual Search' Feature Can Identify Items, Copy Printed Text, Translate and More

The Apple Vision Pro headset's visionOS operating system includes a feature called "Visual Search," which sounds like it is similar to the Visual Look Up feature on the iPhone and the iPad.

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With Visual Search, users can use the Vision Pro headset to get information about an item, detect and interact with text in the world around them, copy and paste printed text from the real world into apps, translate text between 17 different languages, and more.

Real world text that includes contact information, webpages, and unit conversions and similar information can be acted upon in ‌visionOS‌. So, for example, if a printed handout has a website link in it, you can scan the link with the Vision Pro, opening up a Safari window to view the website. Or, if a recipe calls for grams and you need ounces, you can convert using the headset.

Real-time text translation will also be useful for traveling and other instances when you might want to quickly translate what you're seeing in the real world. The ‌Apple Vision Pro‌ headset will be able to automatically detect text and documents, similar to how the ‌iPhone‌ can detect text in photos and allow it to be interacted with.

The Visual Search function was found in ‌visionOS‌ by Steve Moser. ‌visionOS‌ can be accessed through the latest Xcode beta at the moment, as Apple released the first version of the software earlier today.

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Top Rated Comments

vegetassj4 Avatar
12 months ago

Excellent features but I have noticed things can get quite cluttered if you don’t stay on top of it.

Wait until they put in app ads on the thing....

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appleguy123 Avatar
12 months ago
Cool af
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tripsync Avatar
12 months ago
it can even identify the missing digits in your bank account.
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tonywalker23 Avatar
12 months ago
I read a few pages today in the new Make Something Wonderful book by Jobs, and I got to the section about the 2001 first Apple Store. He is talking about the apple products but then mentions that they also had third party cameras, camcorders, digital organizers, and mp3 players… and naturally my mind thought about how my iPhone does all that (and tons more) in a relatively short time after the Apple Store first opened...

And I wonder, 5-10 years from now?, what will this thing look like, how slim will it get, will it replace the glasses I wear now and be just a few ounces and look like normal glasses? Seems crazy to even think that...

But considering that my first gen iPod I listen to led to my thin and powerful iPhone, and the iMac g4 on my home desk is archaic compared to my 11" super thin iPad Pro → I look fwd to what the future holds for this tech and the innovation that comes along with it.
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TimHalfCooked Avatar
12 months ago
Wonder if it will notice when I'm not wearing trousers and open the appropriate website?
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TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
12 months ago
Excellent features but I have noticed things can get quite cluttered if you don’t stay on top of it.

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