"Good God! This is horrifying."
Basically, they're unsettling and bad. After YouTuber Justine Ezarik posted a video of herself FaceTiming two other people on the social media platform X-formerly Twitter, people in the replies piled on with salty comments about the "personas," the built-in digital avatar in Vision Pro that recreates your face and tracks its movements.
"Good God! This is horrifying," one X user opined.
"This is probably the best advertisement for using anime online identities lol," another user quipped.
These X users aren't the only ones horrified by the personas.
After FaceTiming family, The Wall Street Journal reporter Joanna Stern said that her sister told her point blank: "You look awful."
Stern's dad was equally merciless, with a verdict of "frightening."
Vision Pro Persona FaceTime call with @mkbhd and @briantong! I was actually more impressed with it the longer we were on the call because you kinda got used to seeing each other in our new virtual look. It's still in beta so it's only going to get better! pic.twitter.com/AI7cjctdQN
— iJustine (@ijustine) January 30, 2024
Apple describes the digital personas as "an authentic spatial representation of an Apple Vision Pro user that enables others on a call to see their facial expressions and hand movements — all in real time."
To create your persona, Apple uses what it calls "machine learning techniques" to map out and recreate your face.
And if you attend a meeting on Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or Cisco Webex, be prepared to encounter these weird digital avatars, because these programs support Apple's personas.
Though it seems everybody with access to Vision Pro will get the opportunity to make their own persona, the persona avatars will still be in beta mode come launch day.
But you would think they would have worked out the kinks for a digital avatar by now — especially since Vision Pro retails at a hefty $3,499.
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