Microsoft’s crazy HoloLens ad reveals our cyborg futures


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Yes, it's stupid, but I want it.
Photo: Microsoft

Microsoft today announced that it’s opening up its HoloLens platform to third-parties — and it has a crazy new ad to celebrate.

The three-minute clip showcases some of HoloLens’ insane capabilities, like turning an old warehouse into a shoe store, putting people from around the world in the same room, and taking you on sublime acid trips without the acid.

The video is designed to highlight what HoloLens can do alongside third-party devices, such as the HTC Vive. Microsoft boasts that Windows is the only “mixed reality platform” — and it all looks incredibly exciting.

I want to be able to tidy my living room virtually, so that I don’t have to do it physically. I want that little assistant that follows me around and makes me feel better about my failings. I want that acid trip.

But no matter how exciting all these things may seem, it’s hard to imagine anyone wearing the HoloLens — at least in a public or professional setting — because it’s just so big and bulky. It’s like Google Glass on steroids, or something out of a Daft Punk video.

It’s also worth remembering that all of this is hypothetical for now. You can’t buy a HoloLens that does all these things today, and even when the device is made available for consumers, you’ll probably have to wait for many of these capabilities.

Nevertheless, as a virtual reality fan, I’m looking forward to seeing what HoloLens brings. Who knows, maybe we’ll all be wearing headsets like this in ten years, and living amazing virtual lives from our bedrooms.

Via: Digital Trends


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