HoloLens founder and Windows Insider chief say smartglasses will replace smartphones

HoloLens founder and Windows Insider chief say smartglasses will replace smartphones
Back in June, former Wall Street analyst Gene Munster said that the AR powered  Apple Glasses, expected to be launched in 2020, will be bigger than the Apple iPhone. And that analysis is similar to forecasts made by HoloLens creator Alex Kipman, and Windows Insider Chief Dona Sarkar. Both agree with Munster that AR smartglasses could soon surpass smartphones as our main go-to technology.

Kipman, who created HoloLens, says that the smartphone is already dead and that people just don't know it yet. The HoloLens uses a combination of real and virtual worlds to form Mixed Reality. The real world appears as the backdrop in AR (Augmented Reality) while the virtual world obviously appears in Virtual Reality images. According to Kipman, small smartphone and television screens will be replaced by wearable holographic devices like a smartglass screen.

Windows Insider Dona Sakar has similar feelings although she is seeing things from the smartphone side. Saying that she loves her Lumia 950 XL, she realizes that a smartphone is just one single category of a group that encompasses mobile devices.  Like Kipman, Sakar sees Microsoft developing a screenless version of a smartphone that takes over for the handset.


Wouldn't that be ironic, and possibly an amazing come from behind victory for Microsoft if the Surface Phone turns out to be such a product? There probably would be great reluctance to give up the smartphone, but that could be expected anytime that a huge technological change is imminent. And unlike smartphones, there doesn't seem to be too many different ways to differentiate between the product.


Considering that Google Glass was pretty much a consumer failure and that the smartphone still rules the roost, this all seems like science fiction. But we've gone from featurephones to smartphones and are now moving toward AR based smartglasses. As said in the Titanic movie, "It's a mathematical certainty."

source: WindowsCentral

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11 Comments

1. MarmiteTheDog

Posts: 188; Member since: Jul 31, 2017

As someone who has worn glasses for over 40 years, voluntarily wearing glasses is going to get old, very quickly.

5. kevin97

Posts: 90; Member since: Mar 01, 2016

You will only have to wear glasses until brain implants arrive :)

11. sgodsell

Posts: 6847; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I could see this happening in progressive steps. For instance this year some OEMs are going to release standalone VR/AR headsets. They have cameras in front and support full VR as well with a large FOV. So technically they are MR, especially with the cameras in front. Since they can bring in the real world with a virtual world. Hence mixed reality (MR). As time marches on I can see something like magic leaps glasses bringing more users on board. But that isn't there yet. Also there is the chicken and egg problem. In order for people to drop their smartphones, then more apps have to be created in order to attract more over to these new technologies. From where I stand today, VR gaming blows away any regular mobile games. So even mobile VR gaming is better, especially when I played Need for Speed VR on a smartphone using a VR headset and a 3 degrees of freedom controller to drive that VR car around (Daydream). I could drive the car with the controller and look around inside the car. I could see cars on either side of me, by just turning my head and looking out the side windows, or look at the rear view mirrors and see cars in them. You just don't get that type of immersive experience with the regular Need for Speeds. When it comes to AR, I can see things like looking at spaces to change your furniture or fixtures and changing them. Like the Lowe's or Wayfair apps. Those are here today on smartphones with AR capabilities. Even AR gaming is going to take off more. It just takes time. Personally I think 2020 is too soon for everyone to jump on board. But if the apps and hardware are there by 2020. Then I can see it happening, otherwise it's going to be a little longer.

9. lyndon420

Posts: 6495; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

I don't think their agenda involves voluntarily use of these glasses. Next comes implants and digital ID's.

2. stewbag

Posts: 11; Member since: Mar 07, 2017

No it won't. People do not want to have glasses on constantly.

3. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

They can dream all they want, just like they've probably been dreaming of Windows Phones taking over the Smartphone market.

4. Shubham412302

Posts: 564; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Even they have given up on windows phone

6. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Just wait Apple change the world. *s

7. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

I'd rather wait for aliens to come and change the world lol... Jk:)

8. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Or for AI to take over the world

10. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Not until people stop buying iPhones only then aliens can prove intelligent life on earth.

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