The Challenge of Making VR Headsets Cool: Even Apple Faces an Uphill Battle

Apple’s newest product, the $3,500 Vision Pro, will be released next week. The device is a face computer that resembles ski goggles and includes high-resolution displays and sensors that track eye movements and hand gestures. Apple bills the headset as the beginning of an era of “spatial computing,” blending data with the physical world to improve lives. However, the future success of this ambitious product is still uncertain.

The journalist explores past headsets, including Google Glass, smartphone-powered virtual reality headsets, and plugged-in VR headsets. The article highlights the challenges faced by these products due to design, privacy concerns, and unconvincing applications.

The article also mentions stand-alone headsets like Meta’s Quest, which have not yet become mainstream hits. The Vision Pro, at 21 ounces, is similarly heavy to Meta’s products, and its battery life is only two hours. Although Apple markets the Vision Pro as a productivity tool, replacing laptops and offering gaming and movie experiences, it remains to be seen if this ambitious product will be a breakthrough hit.

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The Media Industry’s ongoing struggle to stay relevant in a digital age

The career of Roger Fidler exemplifies a warning: Sometimes, you can predict the future but still fall victim to it. Three decades ago, Mr. Fidler was a media executive promoting a vision of the future for newspapers. The rise of digital technology would allow for news to be accessed on portable devices all day long, […]

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The Continuous Decline of the Media Industry: A Losing Battle against the Future

Roger Fidler has had a front-row seat to the digital revolution in the newspaper industry. Thirty years ago, he was advocating for the future of newspapers as portable digital devices that would offer multimedia content to readers. While his vision has largely come to fruition with people constantly online and engaged with news, traditional media […]

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Biden Takes Action to Limit Sale of Personal Data to China and Russia

President Biden will issue an executive order to restrict the sale of American data to China, Russia, and four other countries in an effort to protect sensitive information from being used for malicious purposes. The order aims to prevent personally identifying data, such as locations, health records, and genetics, from being obtained by these countries […]

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