On the Eve of the Vision Pro

I am more excited about the Apple Vision Pro, coming early next month, than I am about any other tech announcement since the original iPhone.

I’ve been recording many spatial videos on my iPhone 15 Pro, experimenting with the types of videos I will want to watch.

What types of video will work best in 3D?

My wife and I recently stayed at an Airbnb in the Catskills. It was a lovely cabin with a view of the mountains. We had a warm fire burning while outside it snowed nearly a foot. We snowshoed around the property, soaked in the cedar hot tub, read a lot. We discussed business opportunities for GravityKit and planned 2024 business strategy.

I asked myself: What of this stay do I want to remember? How does one capture a memory in 3D space?

In the future, maybe I will want to see this from my own perspective, so I recorded a spatial video of the cabin, narrating while walking around.

Perhaps I will want to see myself and my wife, so I recorded a video selfie-style and we talked about what we did that day.

What if I want to relive moments? I snuck some candid videos while we were snowshoeing in the sun.

I didn’t record our business meeting…but perhaps I should have!

The thrill of a new format

I already know I will want higher resolution recordings. Looking back at my early iPhone photos, I am so frustrated by their limitations. As I record these spatial videos, understanding that the frame rate is pegged at 30fps and the resolution is only 1080, I am already disappointed in the capture quality…but I am excited that these videos are being captured at all.

When I was 13, my dad got me a 3D film camera. I took a bunch of photos and never figured out how to develop them. It was useless, but I was so excited at the possibility of the pictures coming out. I felt so proud to own a piece of the future.

Now, as I’m about to turn 40, I am again so thrilled to be part of the future. I will be continuing to experiment with filming techniques that optimize for capturing memories. I look forward to, in the future, being disappointed in how low-resolution the images are while cherishing the ability to immersively revisit these moments.

This blog post was inspired by Matt Mullenweg’s 40th birthday wish and was written on WordPress. Happy birthday, Matt!

By Zack Katz

Zack Katz is the founder of GravityKit and TrustedLogin. He lives in Leverett, Massachusetts with his wife Juniper.