We don't often write about things just because they're cool, but we can't stop watching this "mixed reality device" demonstration from Microsoft's big event this week.* Called the HoloLens, the best way we can think to describe it is "pretty much exactly what gamers have always been waiting for." The HoloLens consists mainly of a pair of virtual reality sunglasses that project a video game onto the real world around you. Even better, a camera connected to the game can project you within it — which means these games can have multiple players in the same space who all see the same thing. In other words, laser tag birthday parties just turned into a HoloDeck episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Microsoft may still be trying to convince skeptical users that one day they'll make another operating system that's as good as Windows 98, but beginning with the Kinect and now with the HoloLens, they are actually on the leading edge of of the physical-feedback gaming curve. Aside from all the damaged living room furniture this will result in, parents will probably be happy that playing video games no longer means sitting for hours on end on the couch. ESports, too, will become much more physical than merely shaking your fist in rage at the League of Legends screen after a loss.
You can't buy it yet (development versions will ship in the first quarter of next year), but you can start lusting after it right away. We wish we had something snarky to say, but basically the future is here and it's exactly what we wanted. Assuming it doesn't suck.
*(We don't know what Microsoft's events are called, but we think of them as "Microsoft's Apple Keynote Events," which we doubt is correct.)