Walkolution Meets Apple Vision Pro

Walkolution Meets Apple Vision Pro

WALKOLUTION treadmill desks have been a game-changer for many, introducing movement and flexibility into what has traditionally been a sedentary environment. With the launch of the Apple Vision Pro, there are new opportunities to further enhance these benefits, showcasing how spatial computing can complement the modern workplace.


The Potential of Apple Vision Pro in Enhancing Workspaces

Apple Vision Pro, known for its augmented reality (AR) capabilities, offers a unique way to interact with digital content. By overlaying virtual information onto the real world, users can manage multiple tasks and access information in a more intuitive and immersive manner. This technology has the potential to transform how we engage with our digital work environments, making them more flexible and adaptive.


Walkolution Founder and CEO tests Apple´s Vision Pro at Industrious@Equinox, Hudson Yards, NYC

Apple doesn´t want you to walk around with Vision Pro

The Vision Pro, with its advanced AR capabilities, allows users to see their environment through passthrough lenses, ensuring they're not completely isolated from their surroundings. This feature is crucial for safety and situational awareness. However, the device is designed with static virtual application windows that do not follow the user's movement within the physical space. When a user moves, the position of these applications in their field of view remains fixed, creating a disjointed experience that could hinder productivity and limit the device’s effectiveness if a user wants to use an app or work while walking

Scene from Apple´s trailer: There is a reason, why the man is stationary and inactive. Apple does not allow Vision Pro users to walk. (Source: apple.com)

Walkolution's Approach to Enhancing Mobility

Walkolution's manual treadmill desks present a practical solution to this issue, promoting physical activity while engaging with digital work. 

This method leverages the health and cognitive benefits of walking, such as improved cardiovascular health, enhanced creativity, and increased concentration, thereby maximizing the productivity potential of working within an AR environment. It addresses the mobility limitation by creating a seamless blend of physical activity and digital interaction, making it possible to walk and work without the inherent limitations within Vision OS.


Enhancing Treadmill Desk Ergonomics with Vision Pro 

Freedom of Movement

One of the key ergonomic advantages of using Vision Pro on a treadmill desk is the freedom it offers for arm movement. Traditional treadmill desk setups, especially those requiring the use of a keyboard and mouse, often restrict arm mobility, leading to shoulder and neck stiffness. Vision Pro, by contrast, enables users to maintain a more natural posture with their arms swinging freely. This reduction in static and awkward postures can significantly decrease the risk of musculoskeletal strain.

Optimal Screen Positioning

Maintaining the screen at eye level is a fundamental ergonomic principle that helps prevent neck pain and reduces the likelihood of developing a hunched posture. A treadmill desk paired with Vision Pro allows for this optimal positioning, as the AR display can be freely placed, eliminating the need to look down continuously at a physical monitor. This setup encourages users to keep their heads in a neutral position, which is beneficial for neck health and reduces eye strain.

Dynamic Interaction with Digital Content

The ability to lean on the Walkolution standing aid without the need to adjust the height of a physical monitor is another ergonomic benefit. This flexibility supports various postures throughout the workday, which is important for physical health and comfort. Additionally, the dynamic interaction with digital content—enabled by moving and positioning virtual windows around the user—promotes frequent changes in head and eye direction. This not only helps in reducing neck stiffness but also encourages eye movement and focusing at different distances, which can alleviate eye fatigue.

Dictation and Text Entry

Vision OS Dictation Function: A Leap in Efficiency

Voice dictation has become familiar with many Walkolution customers and has emerged as a pivotal feature in within Vision OS, providing a fast and hands-free method for text entry. This technology allows users to input text through speech, significantly speeding up the process compared to traditional typing. Advanced voice recognition, powered by AI algorithms, enhances the accuracy of dictation, making it a viable alternative for a wide range of tasks. The ability to edit text through simple gestures or gazes further refines this experience, ensuring that corrections and adjustments are intuitive and minimal.

By far the best way for data input: Voice Dictation in Vision OS.

Challenges with Virtual Keyboards

While virtual keyboards offer a digital alternative to physical typing, they often fall short in terms of speed and accuracy. The tactile feedback and familiarity of physical keyboards are difficult to replicate in a virtual environment and that is also true for vision OS. 

Enhancing Connectivity with External Devices

The possibility to connect vision OS with a Mac allows users to leverage the strengths of both platforms, utilizing external keyboard and touchpad for tasks that require detailed input. The flexibility to switch between dictation, virtual keyboards, and physical keyboards is useful in an array of work environments.


The Power of Natural Immersion for Creativity

It's widely recognized that being in nature or visually stimulating environments can spark creativity and foster a sense of well-being. However, the constraints of a traditional office setting often limit access to such inspirational settings. Vision OS offers a compelling solution by simulating these environments, providing users with a sensory experience that mimics being outdoors or in any chosen locale. For instance, envisioning oneself beside a tranquil lake can offer a momentary escape from the confines of an office, potentially leading to breakthroughs in problem-solving or creative thinking.

Immersive features are just a dial of a button away. A truely enjoyable experience while walking!

Enhancing the Experience with Movement

While static immersive environments can offer a visual and emotional respite, the addition of movement can significantly enhance the creative benefits. The integration of AR with Walkolution introduces dynamic elements to the immersion, allowing users to physically move through the virtual space. This combination not only aids in maintaining physical health but also stimulates mental processes by replicating the experience of moving through different scenes. The concept of spatial videos within Vision Pro, where users can engage with moving imagery, such as walking through a scerene landscape, adds another layer of realism to the experience, further fostering an environment conducive to creativity.

Future Directions in AR and Workplace Design

The exploration of solutions to the mobility challenge presented by AR technologies like the Vision Pro underscores the importance of developing digital tools and interfaces that support natural human movement and behavior. As AR technology continues to evolve, there's a clear pathway toward more dynamic, health-conscious, and adaptable work environments that cater to the well-being and productivity of users.

Innovations that enable users to combine physical activity with immersive digital experiences, such as walking on a treadmill desk while engaged in AR, are indicative of a broader shift towards reimagining the future of work. This shift prioritizes harmonizing digital and physical aspects of work, challenging traditional office norms, and highlighting the potential for technology to enhance, rather than limit, our natural movements and behaviors.

Walkolution's integration strategy for AR technologies in mobile work settings exemplifies a forward-thinking approach to workplace health and productivity. It signals a move towards designing technology and workspaces that not only meet the digital demands of modern professionals but also support their physical health and well-being.


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