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By Emanuel Maiberg
In January, Microsoft revealed Hololens, an augmented reality headset that blends your digital life with the real world. The reveal video even showed off how it might be used to play Minecraft, which Microsoft acquired last year for $2.5 billion. It's a different type of technology with a different focus compared to the virtual reality headset we've seen from Oculus, Sony's Morpheus, and the recently revealed Vive from Valve and HTC. However, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer said that HoloLens doesn't prevent Microsoft from getting into virtual reality in the future.
The excitement for virtual reality was obvious Friday at the SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin. Attendees packed the “Geek Stage” at Palmer Event Center — many sitting in the center aisle — to hear several Oculus executives opine.
When asked about the Microsoft Hololens, an augmented reality device that overlays virtual information on top of your field of vision, Luckey was skeptical.
“Nobody has ever proven a killer application for augmented reality. Most proposed [augmented reality] killer apps, it’s not that they’re not cool, they’re just kind of boring,” Luckey said. “It’s things like assisting you with how to use a tool or telling you where you’re walking or where do I go, the best restaurant nearby. We’re not excited by those things as much.”
Several months ago, Google Maps added a Virtual Reality switch for their Street View platform. With this switch, users are able to view any Street View-enabled location with their Google Cardboard headset. What we've done here is to compile some of the most awesome places you're able to visit right this minute with your Android smartphone with (or without) a VR headset like Google Cardboard. Today's collection begins with a set of bullet trains in Japan - it's time you stepped inside to see what luxurious speed is all about.