Apple Vision Pro has a creepy but cool new feature

We've come a long way since Nintendo Miis

Apple Vision Pro
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Apple has added a significant upgrade to the Apple Vision Pro, you can position 'Spatial Personas' to have a conversation around the table for example. 

Ever since the early days of internet chatrooms, people have been desperate to find the perfect digital avatar to represent themselves. Personally, I remember trying as a teenager to create myself in Nintendo Mii form - with limited success.

With the Apple Vision Pro, Apple took a slightly different approach, giving users a near photo-realistic representation of themselves (minus the headset) to use when interacting with others. Users can create their 'Persona' using the headset to scan their faces from several angles and record several different expressions. Until now, you could only use this representation of yourself in FaceTime calls but now you can hang out with CGI friends in real locations. 

Thanks to the introduction of Spatial Personas, if you have friends with Vision Pros then you could for example gather your friends around the coffee table for a chat, or watch the same football match simultaneously in the living room. Actually doing something together rather than just intensely staring into each other's (digital) eyes is a big step forward.

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As the Apple Vision Pro still isn't out in the UK yet, we haven't tried this new feature but Marques Brownlee tweeted a demonstration. He kindly described the floating heads as a "little odd looking" and I would agree that it looks like a great way to turn your friends into Star Wars force ghosts with a blurry body and detached limbs. 

Jokes aside, this is impressive stuff. With the 1.1 VisionOS update, you can position the avatars for yourself but also watch movies and even play games together via SharePlay. Of course, the biggest obstacle is the headset's $3499 price tag, but this could change the way we work and play. If you're not made of money maybe stick to one of the best video conference cameras for now. 

Up to five people can use Spatial Personas at once, and at least two need headsets. To position your friends appropriately simply pinch and drag them to the most appropriate/least creepy spot. 

Andy Sansom
Staff Writer

Andy is T3's Tech Staff Writer, covering all things technology, including his biggest passions such as gaming, AI, phones, and basically anything cool and expensive he can get his hands on. If he had to save one possession from a fire it would be his PlayStation 5. He previously worked for Tom’s Guide - where he got paid to play with ChatGPT every day. When it comes to streaming, Andy will have his headphones glued in whilst watching something that will make him laugh. He studied Creative Writing at university, but also enjoys supporting his favourite football team (Liverpool), watching F1, teaching himself guitar, and spending time with his dog.