Scientists have warned of problems for the brain due to Apple Vision Pro - augmented reality headsets distort the perception of distance. This is the conclusion reached by researchers from Stanford who wore similar devices for several weeks and eventually encountered the so-called malingering disease. For example, they felt that the elevator buttons were further from their hands than they actually were. Participants in the experiment even found it difficult to bring food to their mouths.
The Vision Pro headset was tested by Kommersant FM hi-tech columnist Alexander Levi and shared his feelings: “I used the glasses for about 15-20 minutes. I didn’t find any discrepancies with reality, dizziness or other nuances. The only thing I felt was that the helmet actually had some weight. When I took it off, I realized that I felt better. This is also a consequence of the fact that at first, when you get used to the headset, you very actively rotate your head, although this is not necessary at all, you need to learn to control your eyes.
But you need to understand that if you spend a day playing a video game on a console or computer, you can also lose touch with reality. Thank Apple that the Vision Pro's battery lasts for more than two hours, and you physically can't use the device for long."
The study states that the experiment participants not only spent several hours a day in the headsets, but also moved around the university in them. Can it really harm the brain? Director for Digital Creative Industries at Skolkovo Alexey Kalenchuk believes that there are situations in which it is better not to use such headsets:
“Such devices place all objects at approximately the same distance from the eyes. A person wearing a headset sees objects due to the stereoscopic effect, but does not observe the foreground and background due to accommodation, that is, the pupil is constantly in one position. Because of this, the very effect they are talking about occurs.
Over the past six years, I have tried a large number of headsets myself and read various studies. None of them had any scientific basis that there was any long-term impact. Rather, we are now talking about discomfort with long-term use. If we say that the gadget will be worn all day and moved around in it, then manufacturers will really have to solve the problem of accommodative vision.
If we talk about sessions lasting several hours, during which the user, for example, works with some documents, then in principle there are no particular problems.
At the same time, almost all large hi-tech companies conduct relevant experiments and try to solve such problems at the software level, creating foreground and background. The most effective method has been developed at the optical level, but so far the systems are very cumbersome because they require either a complex system of lenses or new types of lenses. So far, this engineering problem has not yet, strictly speaking, been solved.”
Researchers from Stanford studied the effect of not only the Apple Vision Pro, but also other similar gadgets, for example, Quest from Meta, which is recognized as an extremist organization in Russia and is banned. At the same time, some devices distort reality less than others, noted Dmitry Kirillov, president of Modum Lab: “There is a solution from Microsoft: you look directly at a transparent material on which a hologram is superimposed. If we talk about Vision Pro, then you see through cameras, and the worse they are, the more distortions, aberrations, and direct distortions of space itself we will have.
There are very old experiments when people's vision was reversed with special glasses, and after a few days it returned to normal. But when they took off the glasses, their vision was reversed again, because our consciousness is very flexible.”
The Apple Vision Pro headset appeared in Russia in early February. It costs from 0.5 million rubles. However, the device can officially only work in the US, so it only supports English, and users need to have an American Apple ID.
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