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This is what your living room would look like while wearing Microsoft's HoloLens

Want a virtual dog? No problem.

Source: Chris Burns/YouTube

WISH YOU HAD a bigger screen to watch films on? Or maybe some more photos of your loved ones hanging on the walls of your house? Want a dog, but you don’t have the time to look after one?

Microsoft’s latest foray into the emerging world of augmented reality tech could tackle all of these problems.

At a talk at the recent Build 2015, audience members were able to see a glimpse of what it’s like to use the company’s HoloLens device without putting on a pair.

While a Microsoft employee sauntered around the stage, a special camera was hooked up to show what he was seeing through the glasses.

This included a virtual dog…

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… a virtual calendar…

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… a scalable video player that could be attached to the wall.

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While Facebook’s Oculus Rift has been mainly geared towards gaming, with few practical users in the home demonstrated, Microsoft’s latest offering (or at least, the latest device its showing-off that might never be sold to the public in its current form) has sparked more of a consumer interest – Quartz notes how users who watch the video can almost see the appeal in owning a Hololens.

However, the video above gives audience members a somewhat accurate but misleading idea of what its like to wear and use a Hololens. Critics have complained of a narrow ‘letterbox’ through with you can see the holograms, as Cade Metz from Wired explains:

When you wear the device—as opposed to viewing the holograms via a movie camera equipped with very different hardware—your “field of view” is significantly smaller. You only see holograms in a slim area in front of your eyes—an area that spans about 35 to 40 degrees horizontally, according to [one analyst].

Read: Microsoft has some massive plans to make Windows relevant again >

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