Long known only for their desktop and office productivity tools, Microsoft has been working at changing its image over the past few years and nowhere is that more apparent than with their sci-fi like HoloLens. If you're not familiar with this upcoming product, take a few minutes to read our hands-on account of the experience or, if you're in a hurry, this takeaway from the demo:
I can’t remember the last time I almost peed my pants with excitement while trying out a Redmond product.
Today, at a Super Bowl 50 panel discussion entitled, "The Future of Football: How Technology Could Shape the Next 50 Years of the Game," Microsoft laid out their vision of how NFL football and HoloLens could work together to bring fans an even better experience at home. In the video, you can see that the vision includes virtually expanding the size of your screen so that you can see more of the stadium, but that's only scratching the surface. Some other ideas being bandied about include having an overview of the stadium appear on your coffee table, allowing you to see replays on your own terms, and having life-sized holograms of the players standing in your living room, displaying updated stats while showing you the specific throwing motions from the previous play.
While none of this will be ready for this Sunday's big game, it's exciting to see Microsoft be a true technology partner with the NFL and not just a provider of Surface tablets for the sidelines. If the early reports are true, the HoloLens will be a big deal, and if you're a developer who has $3,000 and wants to play with the latest and greatest, they're expected to start shipping this quarter.