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Alex Kipman sees HoloLens tech replacing every screen (eventually)

HoloLens 2 with phone
HoloLens 2 with phone (Image credit: Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Alex Kipman shared his vision for the future of the HoloLens in a recent interview.
  • Kipman believes that the HoloLens could replace screens such as monitors and phones.
  • Kipman speculated about a potential future in which you could speak with an AI version of a person who died years ago.

Alex Kipman shared his vision and goals for HoloLens in a recent interview with Smithsonian. In the interview, Kipman discussed the development of the HoloLens 2, its roll in the future, and his goals for the device.

Kipman is the man behind the machine, leading the engineering efforts of the HoloLens and HoloLens 2. Kipman discussed in the interview a potential future in which the HoloLens replaces multiple popular devices for everyday people, asking, "Why would I have my computer if I have infinite monitors in front of me? Why would I have a phone?" Kipman admits that this future is far away, stating, "We've got a ways to go before we've got something that you can wear all day." According to the Smithsonian, Kipman believes that a HoloLens device will eventually be as small as a pair of glasses.

Hands-on with HoloLens 2 and its Windows Core OS

The interview breaks down several discussions with Kipman, including the potential for HoloLens to facilitate communication. Kipman discussed how HoloLens could be used to speak with someone far away as if they were in the same room. He even took it further, playfully discussing the possibility to talk with an AI version of a person who has passed, "Wouldn't it be nice if you were in your home, and I had been dead a hundred years, and we were having this conversation?"

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  • No good for me, I Vr gives me motion sickness, so i would never be able to use it, even if I wanted to.
  • Hololens is AR not VR
  • This is AR
  • I wish we already had at least tethered pair of glass for mobile AR. If you can display your phone you can basically display anything. Not only does it replace all current screens but it could give interfaces to devices that don't already have screens.
  • Too bad it doesn't actually use any kind of holography / holograms whatsoever. As an overly-pedantic physicist, I really wish Microsoft's marketing group would stop it with the hologram marketspeak. They're overselling disappointment (I've played with a hololens - the field-of-view is ridiculously small but their marketing material shows otherwise). Reminds me of the good ol' Atari 2600 days - cartridge / box art was always so much more impressive than the actual game ;-) All that said, I'm really interested to see where AR goes in the next few years. I might be complaining about Microsoft & Hololens today, but there's a ridiculous number of interesting projects on the horizon (Tilt5's tech for instance). Can't wait to see where things are at in 5-10 years.
  • Have you used a HoloLens 2?
  • > the field-of-view is ridiculously small
    From a lead game programmer's view? Bigger or smaller FOV, are the same. It's just vertices in the space.
    HL1 is a dev machine anyway, we don't need to code twice is what matters.
    HL2's out and it has bigger FOV btw. * If you really care about HL1's small FOV... tape around it with black tapes. Feels like a full face bike helmet.
  • Do you own a Hololens? I own the first gen version. Field of view is small but it's not a problem. I think you just played with hololens for a few mins and came with your own conclusion. HL2 has a much bigger fov if that's your complain. Btw yes, hololens uses light to create objects so it is a hologram in some ways. Marketing it as a hologram is not an issue.
  • Maybe in 300 years. No way in hell i'm replacing my screen with that.
  • What's the "that" you're referring to?
  • I'm guessing he means a bulky headset.
  • "its roll in the future,"
  • I specifically want to replace my phone with holographic glasses actually. As soon as one comes out that I can afford, and will run on its batteries for at least half the day, and can manage phone notifications, texts, emails, Discord, Maps, etc, then I will buy it. I don't mind having my phone screen in front of me all day while doing work and talking to others. I just want to experience for myself what the "future" of being completely connected to the internet is all about.