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I’ve seen the future of AR and it fixes the main problem with Apple Vision Pro

AR and VR headsets are about to get lighter thanks to this hub innovation

Vision Pro on face

The Apple Vision Pro is an incredibly exciting and impressive device, showcasing the very best mixed reality tech currently on the market. I’ll admit, I’ve previously been sceptical about AR/VR and even I’m tempted to get a Vision Pro headset.

But, aside from the price, the Apple Vision Pro has one major flaw. It’s been pointed out by various reviewers and we also discovered it during our initial time with the Apple Vision Pro. It weighs a lot.

At between 600 and 650g, it’s like wearing a 12-inch iPad Pro on your face. Our reviewer said, when using the Solo Loop band, “After using the headset for an hour, I was ready to take it off. It was putting far too much pressure on my forehead.”

It’s clearly an issue, packing so much tech into a small device that sits on your face, but a recent concept I’ve seen at MWC 2024 looks to change that.

The Vodafone HyperRealityHub makes way for lightweight, affordable extended reality glasses, moving the processing power and cameras to a central hub powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon technology.

This reduces the computing requirements on the AR glasses, lowering energy consumption and weight, and making them more comfortable to wear for longer periods of time.

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The hub uses advanced distributed architecture and allows for the computing requirements to be shared between the hub, the glasses and across the cloud.

Of course, because this is 2024, the solution has ‘AI capabilities’ and has Vodafone apps built on the Snapdragon Spaces XR Developer Platform. They are all connected by Vodafone’s fast, secure, and highly responsive networks.

In addition to HyperRealityHub, Vodafone has a vision for the HyperRealityHub+ variant which can connect multiple users, enabling them to interact in a shared immersive experience using both Wi-Fi 7 and 5G.

This could be used across many industries such as telehealth, wellness and fitness, hospitality, remote support, creative collaboration, education, and entertainment.

It’s an interesting development, and I’m excited to see if others follow suit.

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As Buying Guide Editor, Spencer is responsible for all e-commerce content on Stuff, overseeing buying guides as well as covering deals and new product launches. Spencer has been writing about consumer tech for over eight years. He has worked on some of the biggest publications in the UK, where he covered everything from the emergence of smartwatches to the arrival of self-driving cars. During this time, Spencer has become a seasoned traveller, racking up air miles while travelling around the world reviewing cars, attending product launches, and covering every trade show known to man, from Baselworld and Geneva Motor Show to CES and MWC. While tech remains one of his biggest passions, Spencer also enjoys getting hands-on with the latest luxury watches, trying out new grooming kit, and road-testing all kinds of vehicles, from electric scooters to supercars.

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