Apple headphones may require good home insurance coverage…

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The long-awaited Apple headset is expected to be expensive, but an insurer has reported that VR headsets can also come with unexpected kind of expenses…

Background

There are believed to be two different types of Apple headsets in the works. The company reportedly has a long-term ambition for lightweight, fashionable Apple Glasses that one analyst says could replace the iPhone (although I’m skeptical).

But Apple Glasses are probably still years away. The company’s first step in this area is expected to be a mixed reality headset akin to existing VR headsets, and aimed primarily at developers and enterprise apps.

Apple headphones may require good insurance

Owning a virtual reality headset can be an expensive business, according to a home insurance company. The Guardian reports.

A man uppercutting the ceiling fan, a woman slamming furniture, a guy smashing a light fixture: gamers are learning, virtual reality headsets can often wreak havoc in the home.

The trend of crashing into furniture in the metaverse caused a 31% increase in home contents claims involving VR headsets last year, insurer Aviva said, marking an overall increase of 68% since 2016.

“As new games and gadgets become popular, we often see this reflected in customer complaints,” said Kelly Whittington, Aviva UK Property Claims Manager. […]

Claims to Aviva involving virtual reality headsets can get silly. A customer threw a controller at his TV when a zombie jumped during the game. Several people reported cracking television screens. A child smashed two designer figurines – perched on the fireplace – when his play demanded a ‘thumping’ motion.

The VR headset can also be dangerous, whether for you or for those around you. The subreddit VR to ER has lots of examples of how not to VR. Like this woman who discovered the hard way that leaning against virtual walls doesn’t work very well:

You can check out everything we’re expecting in our recent roundup.

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