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UK surgeons use Apple Vision Pro during surgery to 'eliminate human error'

Anthony Garreffa | Mar 12, 2024 8:01 PM CDT

A team of NHS surgeons at private Cromwell Hospital in London used Apple's new Vision Pro headset during an operation, a first for the UK.

UK surgeons use Apple Vision Pro during surgery to 'eliminate human error'

The team at Cromwell Hospital used the new Apple Vision Pro during an operation on a male patient and his spine, navigating the surgery using augmented reality. A scrub nurse used the Apple Vision Pro headset to keep track of the process and choose the right tools.

The AR headset allowed the nurse to see the real-world with virtual screens displaying important information, with Suvi Verho, the lead scrub nurse at London Independent Hospital, told the Daily Mail that Apple's Vision Pro headset was a "gamechanger" and that "It gives you confidence in surgery," adding "It eliminates human error. It eliminates the guesswork".

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Samsung will enter the VR and AR market with a 'Vision Pro' style display in 2027 or 2028

Kosta Andreadis | Mar 10, 2024 8:59 PM CDT

Apple's Vision Pro mixed reality headset is a powerful, high-end device with cutting-edge microOLED display technology. It can deliver incredibly immersive visuals with unmatched clarity. Apple's claims that Vision Pro gives you the equivalent of a single 4K TV per eye is backed by a recent iFixit teardown of the device, which details that each pixel on each tiny display is the size of a single red blood cell.

Samsung will enter the VR and AR market with a 'Vision Pro' style display in 2027 or 2028

With leaked 'Bill of Materials' reports indicating that it costs Apple around $456 to obtain the two microOLED 4K display panels from Sony, it's not hard to see why the Vision Pro is sold for $3,499 USD. Sony is Apple's only supplier of microOLED panels, which could be the case for a while because Samsung is predicting that it will take at least three to four years for the tech to become commercially viable.

"The market potential of micro OLEDs installed in augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) is considerable, but I think the market will start in earnest around 2027 to 2028," Samsung Display CEO Choi Joo-sun said at a recent Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) event.

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The Apple Vision Pro just got its first major software update with visionOS 1.1 now available

Oliver Haslam | Mar 7, 2024 1:45 PM CST

If you're the proud owner of an Apple Vision Pro you now have Apple's first major software update available for download. The update, visionOS 1.1, has been in beta testing for a little while now and today Apple made it available for everyone who wants it. The Apple Vision Pro is currently only available to those in the United States of course so there's no global release here.

The Apple Vision Pro just got its first major software update with visionOS 1.1 now available

The new software update can be installed by opening the Settings app on the Apple Vision Pro before selling the General option and choosing Software Update. The headset will need to be removed in order for the update to progress but don't worry, a progress bar will appear on the outside of the headset so that you know how things are getting on and when the update is complete.

This new visionOS 1.1 software update brings with it a number of improvements, not least to the Persona feature. Still in beta, this new update improves how hair and makeup appear while the neck and mouth have also received some attention. Apple also says that the rendering of eyes for EyeSight has been improved while the option to enroll a Persona hands-free has now been added to the configuration options.

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Oculus account holders only have a few weeks to migrate to Meta or face losing all data

Kosta Andreadis | Mar 5, 2024 7:34 PM CST

Before it was Meta, it was Facebook; before it was the Meta Quest, the popular VR headset was known as the Oculus Quest. After Facebook rebranded to Meta, it also removed all Oculus branding and moved to a single Meta/Facebook account for logging into the VR platform.

Oculus account holders only have a few weeks to migrate to Meta or face losing all data

Moving Oculus-only accounts to Meta took place a while ago, with all digital purchases, details, and other information carried across. However, several users have still not made the transition, and for those VR users, their Oculus accounts (with all data, info, and purchase history) will be deleted at the end of this month.

Meta is sending notifications to those who haven't migrated their accounts, warning them of the cut-off date. "On 10/31/22, we emailed you regarding your Oculus account and the need to migrate to a Meta account," the notification states. "Your Oculus account is now scheduled for deletion on 3/29/24."

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This is how much it costs to build an Apple Vision Pro - and it isn't $3,500

Oliver Haslam | Feb 26, 2024 11:00 AM CST

The Apple Vision Pro virtual and augmented reality headset is now on sale across the United States with prices starting at $3,499. That gets buyers the 256GB model while anyone who needs additional storage can choose to pay more for the 512GB or 1TB models. But with the prices so high, you might be wondering how much it costs Apple to build such a product. And now we might have the answer.

This is how much it costs to build an Apple Vision Pro - and it isn't $3,500

Apple obviously makes plenty of profit on such a device, but that doesn't mean that the Apple Vision Pro is cheap to make - far from it. Featuring two 4K HDR displays and an array of sensors and cameras, the Apple Vision Pro is a complex bit of kit. And according to a new report, it costs a cool $1,542 to build.

That's according to a CNBC report citing research firm Omdia, at least. The report says that the bill of materials for the headset is a costly one, with those 1.25-inch Sony microLED displays accounting for a good chunk of the money. The report notes that each display costs Apple $228 which means that each headset is full of $456 worth of displays alone.

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This visionOS 2.0 concept brings some much-needed improvements to the Apple Vision Pro

Oliver Haslam | Feb 23, 2024 2:30 PM CST

The Apple Vision Pro has been on sale for a few weeks and it's already seen a couple of software updates land. But those updates haven't been big, feature-laden ones and that will instead likely come later this year. If Apple follows the pattern that we expect, the visionOS 2.0 software update will be announced at WWDC in June before being released to the public in September. And a new concept posted to the X social network gives us some ideas of what we could see. Or, at the very least, some new features that we would like to see Apple add in a later software update.

This visionOS 2.0 concept brings some much-needed improvements to the Apple Vision Pro

The new concept was shared by Parker Ortolani and includes a number of improvements to the Home Screen, notifications, multitasking, and more. And while it's unlikely that these changes will all arrive, it's clear that the Apple Vision Pro and visionOS software experience has already very much captured the imagination.

One of the first things that jumped out to us when looking at the concept is the ability to automatically unlock a paired iPhone when wearing the headset. With Face ID unavailable, having the headset automatically unlock the iPhone like an Apple Watch can would be a huge improvement.

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Some Apple Vision Pro owners report strange cracks in their displays after just weeks of use

Oliver Haslam | Feb 23, 2024 1:15 PM CST

The Apple Vision Pro mixed reality headset has only been on sale for a few weeks and hasn't yet reached a month on the market, but there are already a few issues starting to crop up. Thankfully, most of those issues appear to be software-related which means that Apple will be able to fix them by releasing new updates over the coming weeks and months. But the latest issue to crop up is different, and it's a worrying one at that.

Some Apple Vision Pro owners report strange cracks in their displays after just weeks of use

The issue at hand is a phenomenon that has started to crop up online and particularly on Reddit, with users reporting that their headsets are starting to crack. To be specific, the front cover glass that sits atop the EyeSight display is cracking in some instances, and seemingly of its own accord.

Users report that the headset's glass is cracking in a straight line around the halfway mark with no sudden impact or drops causing it. Some users say that their cracked glass was spotted after leaving the headset plugged in and charging and then returning to the device later. Others suggest that the crack could be related to the extra tension placed on the glass when the head straps are being tightened.

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Apple details 12 spatial games that will blow your mind on the Vision Pro

Anthony Garreffa | Feb 22, 2024 5:13 PM CST

If you've just spent $3499 on Apple's revolutionary new Vision Pro headset, you'll want to at least try some games on it... this is where Apple has highlighted 12 of the 250 games that are designed for spatial computing that are available on the Apple Vision Pro through the Arcade game subscription service.

Apple details 12 spatial games that will blow your mind on the Vision Pro

Apple explained: "Spatial games built specifically for Arcade on Apple Vision Pro unlock amazing new gameplay opportunities by blending digital content with the physical world. visionOS delivers powerful spatial experiences with a brand-new three-dimensional user interface and input system controlled entirely by a user's eyes, hands, and voice".

"Players are able to slice apples with their hands as their living room transforms into their very own dojo in Super Fruit Ninja, tee up the perfect shot as they move freely around a quirky golf course right in their home in WHAT THE GOLF?, escape into a mesmerizing audiovisual experience in Synth Riders, and so much more".

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PSVR2 is breaking exclusivity as Sony seeks profit boost

Derek Strickland | Feb 22, 2024 9:35 AM CST

Sony is opening up its niche VR headset in an effort to sell more units.

PSVR2 is breaking exclusivity as Sony seeks profit boost

Since 2013, Sony's game plan put PlayStation consoles at the center of the business. Peripherals like controllers, headphones, and even higher-cost virtual reality headsets all orbited the might PS4 and PS5. That plan appears to have been disrupted by Sony's quest for improved profit margins, and Sony is now open to break platform exclusivity in an effort to sell more products.

While most of PlayStation's accessories are compatible with PC, the PlayStation VR headsets are notorious for not being able to play PC VR games. That's about to change. Sony has officially confirmed that it is experimenting and testing PSVR2 support on PC.

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Meta Quest owners could one day use AirPlay to watch content from their iPhone, iPad, or Mac

Oliver Haslam | Feb 22, 2024 7:00 AM CST

All of the talk in the world of AR/VR headsets might be about the Apple Vision Pro right now, but there is no denying that the Meta Quest products are popular. With prices that make Apple's $3,499 starting price seem so far out of reach that it's a wonder anyone bought an Apple Vision Pro, the headsets are self-contained and powerful. And soon, they could also support a key Apple feature.

Meta Quest owners could one day use AirPlay to watch content from their iPhone, iPad, or Mac

That feature is AirPlay, and it could change the way that Meta Quest owners enjoy media on their headsets. AirPlay allows iPhone, iPad, and Mac users to share their displays and the content of streaming apps to other devices. Those devices could be an Apple TV streaming box or a smart TV, while smart speakers are also offered as an AirPlay option for music fans. And if things go according to plan, Meta Quest headsets could be next.

The move, confirmed by Meta's VP of VR Mark Rabkin, would mean that owners of Apple devices could potentially AirPlay content from those devices and onto a Quest device. As Upload VR notes, the state of video streaming apps on the Quest is dire - Netflix hasn't been updated in years and only supports 480p video and the Peacock app is just a link to the website. The Amazon Prime Video app simply does not work.

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