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What is the Apple Vision Pro EyeSight feature?

Apple Vision Pro EYEsight


Apple Vision Pro EYEsight: An overview

EYEsight is one of the most striking features of the Apple Vision Pro. But what exactly is behind it?


How EYEsight works

EYEsight is basically a front-facing display that allows viewers and the environment to see the eyes of the wearer of the Apple Vision Pro. However, this is not a real glass through which you could see the eyes. Instead, the user's eyes are recorded by a camera and projected onto the outward-facing display.


The idea behind this is that the environment can recognize whether the wearer of the Apple Vision Pro is paying attention to their surroundings or not. When the user is in a complete virtual reality (VR) and is therefore unaware of his surroundings, a blue, blurred graphic is shown on the display. This signals to the environment that the wearer is currently not paying attention to their surroundings.


Technical details of EYEsight

Display technology

EYEsight uses a high-resolution OLED displaywhich enables a clear and vivid representation of the user's eyes. The resolution and color accuracy are tuned to provide the most natural display possible.


Camera system

The Apple Vision Pro is equipped with a special camera system that captures the user's eyes. These cameras are integrated into the inside of the headset and work at a high frame rate to ensure smooth and accurate recordings.


Processing and latency

The captured images of the eyes are processed in real time and projected onto the external display. This requires a powerful computing unit within the headset to minimize latency and ensure a synchronous display.


Recognition of the environment

EYEsight uses sensors to detect the user's surroundings and determine whether the user is attentive. These sensors are able to analyze the user's position and movement as well as external visual stimuli.


Points of criticism of EYEsight

Despite this interesting idea, there are many critical voices regarding its implementation. One major point of criticism is the additional weight caused by the front-facing display. In contrast to other headsets, which often have a simple plastic casing, the Apple Vision Pro has a glass display, which significantly increases the weight. Many users find this uncomfortable.


Another point of criticism is the depiction of the eyes. This often appears unnatural, which has led to the EYEsight feature being described as ridiculous and alienating in many posts and YouTube videos. The eye distance on the display appears smaller than in reality, which has a strange and unnatural effect.


Innovation potential and comparison with meta

Whether EYEsight is really as innovative and ground-breaking a feature as Apple makes it out to be remains questionable. Meta, for example, has dispensed with a similar feature in the Quest 3, as it requires additional energy and increases the weight of the glasses.


In summary, EYEsight is an interesting concept, but in practice it faces various challenges and points of criticism. It remains to be seen whether and how Apple will address these concerns in future versions.


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