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Playing 'Pokémon Go' looks a lot more fun with a HoloLens 2

Keep in mind once we used to assume discovering Pokémon out within the wild utilizing our telephones and augmented actuality was the good factor ever? Effectively, Niantic, the software program improvement firm behind Pokémon Go, simply kicked all the expertise up a notch — by utilizing holograms. 

At Ignite 2021, Microsoft’s annual developer convention, (*2*) it is working with the tech big to create new augmented actuality experiences. For example, the corporate unveiled a proof-of-concept Pokémon Go video.  

Within the clip, you possibly can see Niantic CEO, John Hanke, strolling by way of a backyard carrying a HoloLens 2. After strolling previous a bunch of Pokémon holograms (together with Charmander, Squirtle, and Bulbasaur), he pulls up a menu by holding his wrist in entrance of the headset, and faucets on an icon of Pikachu who “materializes” in entrance of him. With one other faucet on the identical menu, Hanke additionally feeds cute little Pikachu a strawberry.

It ends with Hanke assembly up with Veronica Saron, world product advertising and marketing supervisor for Pokémon Go, who can be carrying a HoloLens 2 and has Eevee close by. Naturally, she challenges him to a Pokémon battle. Sadly, we do not get to see who wins however my bets are on Pikachu.

The demo makes use of Microsoft Mesh, which is Microsoft’s new blended actuality cloud service that was additionally introduced at Ignite. In conjunction with the HoloLens 2, customers can add 3D fashions to Mesh after which share them with others (additionally carrying the headset) in the identical digital area.

Once more, this demo is simply an instance of what Niantic can create with Microsoft Mesh. So, there isn’t any assure this model of Pokémon Go might be out there to shoppers. Let’s simply hope that if it does ever come out, the $3,500 HoloLens 2 might be a lot more reasonably priced.

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