HoloLens inventor declares ‘the phone is already dead’

“The phone is already dead,” says Microsoft’s Alex Kipman. “People just haven’t realized.” Kipman predicts a future dominated by hybrid devices capable of augmenting the world around us, similar to his creation, the HoloLens. It’s a provocative statement, but it lacks substance in the near-term. The mobile phone market, after all, is huge. It’s expected to ship 1.5 billion devices this year. And Microsoft, for its part, has decided to remain outside the fray until it can offer something truly different — like HoloLens, perhaps. Arguing against a mixed-reality future is difficult. At some point, it’s easy to imagine a future where…

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