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People Have Started Spotting Apple Vision Pro In The Wild—And It’s Scary
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People Have Started Spotting Apple Vision Pro In The Wild—And It’s Scary

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The Vision Pro, Apple’s new VR and mixed-reality headset, hit store shelves in the US last Friday (February 2). In the days following the product’s release, videos of people using the device have flooded the Internet, sparking conversation about the future of technology.

The wearable product, sold for $3,500, allows users to see apps, email, video games, and more get integrated with their real-world surroundings, as per NBC. People can scroll through their social media feed by flicking their wrist, and give voice-activated commands instead of typing.

Highlights
  • Some fear Apple's Vision Pro, released on February 2, could lead to a world akin to Black Mirror.
  • YouTuber Casey Neistat called the tech device “the single greatest piece of tech I’ve ever used.”
  • Concerns rise over safety and potential for theft with public use.

Casey Neistat, a YouTuber with over 12 million subscribers, shared a video testing the wearable product, which he referred to as “the “single greatest piece of tech I’ve ever used.”

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The device allows users to see apps, email, video games, and more get integrated with their real-world surroundings

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The video shows the content creator skateboarding on the streets of New York, ordering doughnuts, and simultaneously interacting with two different screens—Apple TV and YouTube—while sitting on a bench in Times Square.

“It’s an imperfect product, but to me, at age 42, this is without a doubt the most profound piece of technology I have ever experienced, and that was not my expectation,” he said.

Another viral video showed a man crossing the street wildly swinging his head around while allegedly using apps on the device.

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Watch Apple’s presentation of the revolutionary device below

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People have also been using the device on public transportation, with videos emerging of Vision Pro customers wearing their pricey VR set on the subway.

“With a cost of $3,500, I’m surprised we haven’t seen videos of one of these guys getting robbed yet,” one social media user wrote.

“Would I take something [worth] $3500? No. Would I wear something worth $3500 that makes me blind to what happens around me and to a potential robber [who] could just grab [the headset] and run away with it? You know the answer,” another person said.

People have been spotted using the device while riding the subway

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Perhaps the most controversial clip of the new tech product shows a Vision Pro user, 21-year-old Dante Lentini, wearing the headset while in a self-driving Tesla. The man can be seen tapping at the air until the clip cuts to show him parked with police lights flashing in his rear window.

The US Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg re-posted the video on X (formerly known as Twitter), writing: “Reminder — all advanced driver assistance systems available today require the human driver to be in control and fully engaged in the driving task at all times.”

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Even Apple cautions users against wearing the headset in the car. “Never use the device while operating a moving vehicle, bicycle, heavy machinery, or in any other situations requiring attention to safety,” the product’s user guide states.

Users have also been captured interacting with each other while wearing the headset

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While Lentini later admitted that the viral video was a skit and that he coincidentally filmed the police on unrelated duties, people still began sounding the alarm about what a potential future with the device would look like.

Some worry that the revolutionary tech device will lead to a world similar to the one depicted in the dystopian sci-fi show Black Mirror. In the British series, technology has completely taken over people’s lives, having profound consequences on society.

A video of a man wearing the Vision Pro while in a self-driving Tesla went viral online

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The tech device has raised safety concerns about its reckless use in public spaces

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However, there are two factors that seem to question the idea of people walking around not looking at the world with their real eyes but rather having a pair of goggles showing their Instagram feed. 

Firstly, people believe the product’s clunky design will make it lose its appeal. Until it looks more compact and discreet, experts say that the Vision Pro is not likely to see significant success.

Some didn’t miss the opportunity to recreate one of the most famous memes

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Additionally, there’s the hefty price. Not everyone can afford to pay $3,499—the optional battery pack that lets you wear it without being tethered costs an additional $199—to watch several screens showing a football game and their friend’s Instagram stories.

The Simpsons seemingly foreshadowed Apple’s latest product in an episode aired in 2016

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The future of the device may remain a mystery for the moment, but surprisingly, the VR headset has taken off in an alternative universe.

People on social media were stunned to see a strikingly similar headset appear on an episode of The Simpsons, which aired in 2016 and seemingly foreshadowed Apple’s latest product.

In the episode, titled “Friends and Family,” Homer and Marge appear lying in bed while using virtual reality headsets, which soon catch on to the whole of Springfield.

“It’s been a black mirror episode [for] a while now,” a person wrote on social media

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peruvianfallsky avatar
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3 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ok. I’m old. I’ve somehow jumped directly to senior citizen status reading this article. Get off my lawn.

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3 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Same here. Thought I was turning 25 soon, but no - apparently I'm turning 80...

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3 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I actually like that they're so big and obvious. Gives the rest of us the chance to avoid interaction with them because quite frankly, I don't want to have anything to do with the Ex Machina crowd.

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3 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have a feeling these are going to disappear pretty quickly. Just like Google Glass did.

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3 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Lets wait a few years and see how far it goes. I thought about Wall-E when the first images dropped.

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peruvianfallsky avatar
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3 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ok. I’m old. I’ve somehow jumped directly to senior citizen status reading this article. Get off my lawn.

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Jess-a-men
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3 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Same here. Thought I was turning 25 soon, but no - apparently I'm turning 80...

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3 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I actually like that they're so big and obvious. Gives the rest of us the chance to avoid interaction with them because quite frankly, I don't want to have anything to do with the Ex Machina crowd.

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M O'Connell
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3 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have a feeling these are going to disappear pretty quickly. Just like Google Glass did.

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3 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Lets wait a few years and see how far it goes. I thought about Wall-E when the first images dropped.

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