I received a call from a person with Vision Pro and these are my impressions

Recently, I had the opportunity to receive a FaceTime call from a friend who was using the Apple Vision Pro. This experience, almost taken from an episode of “Black Mirror”, seemed interesting to me and that is why I would like to share it in today's article .

Although my friend's digital representation, or “Persona” as Apple calls it, did not fully capture his essence, the potential of this technology is undeniable. Below I share my impressions of this exciting new product, the Apple Vision Pro.

Receive a FaceTime call from a user using Apple Vision Pro

It all started with an incoming call on my iPhone. Swiping to answer, I was met not with my friend's live image, but with his Person digital. This representation is generated by the Apple Vision Pro and is intended to be an authentic spatial replica of the person wearing the device. In addition, it is designed to show your facial expressions and hand movements in real time.

The first impression was somewhat disconcerting. Although the technology behind the Persona, in the Vision Pro, is impressive, the digital representation failed to make a faithful representation of the physical characteristics of this person. His movements and expressions, although fluid, had an artificial nuance that was reminiscent of the digital avatars of video games, I would describe it as a feeling of unreality.

Vision Pro Persona FaceTime call with @mkbhd and @briantong! I was actually more impressed with it the longer we were on the call because you kinda got used to seeing each other in our new virtual look. It's still in beta so it's only going to get better! https://t.co/AI7cjctdQN

February 7, 2024 • 14:01

The “Black Mirror” effect

I couldn't help but feel like I was living an episode of “Black Mirror.” The series, popular for pushing issues related to the ethical and social implications of advanced technology to the limit, often features scenarios where the line between what is real and what is digital is blurred. This FaceTime call was a clear example of how technology is starting to blur that line, allowing us to interact with digital representations of real people in real time.

It is important to note that the Person I saw is the result of the first version of visionOS for the Vision Pro, which is still in beta.

Despite the imperfections, it is evident that Apple is committed to continuously improving this technology. Recently Apple announced the visionOS 1.1 update which improves the appearance of People, making them more detailed and realistic. So it is a matter of time that the image of the Person when you make FaceTime calls improve to a truly realistic representation. Users on social networks have shared their experiences with the updated Personas, noting clear improvements in quality and realism. Although it is still labeled as a feature in beta, the potential for future improvements is vast.

The experience of receiving a FaceTime call from a Person with Vision Pro was fun and interesting. Although the digital representation of the other person was not completely true to life, the technology is revolutionary and has a lot of room for improvement which is exciting. We are at the beginning of a new era of digital communication, where spatial representations and augmented and mixed reality will begin to play a more important role in our daily interactions.