Microsoft's HoloLens is in many ways already a reality. It has been just over one year since the company surprised the world with the first wearable and wireless holographic computer and in the coming months developers are expected to getting units in to begin making apps.
In a new video, Microsoft is looking towards the future where HoloLens is an actuality even for consumers relaxing at home. The main feature? Watching the NFL. It is no secret that Microsoft is the technology sponsor of the National Football League and with that came the idea of how the wearable tech could augment our current couch-orientated game day.
Microsoft's vision for HoloLens is detailed in an accompanying blog post:
"Imagine The Big Game, extended beyond your existing screen, with displays, player stats and instant replays on your coffee table. With HoloLens, running Windows 10, your favorite players could be brought to life through high-definition, 3D displays – allowing you to experience the athleticism and skills behind their stats. That game-changing play could pop up as a 3D hologram so you could view the field from all angles, all while your fantasy scores update in real-time, without the need for you to look down at another screen."
The video is rather impressive even if just a concept. As we head into 2016 and HoloLens becomes an everyday certainty, new and intriguing usage scenarios will be invented. Some will be professional and pragmatic (e.g. education, architecture, medicine) and more while others are more consumer- and entertainment-focused like playing a game or watching sports.
What do you think of the latest example of how HoloLens can improve our entertainment? Is it farfetched or something you would want to wear?
For developers, don't forget to apply for your HoloLens development kit (if approved the asking price is $3,000).