Leo says that while Tim Cook has turned Apple into the most valuable company in the world, the one thing he has yet to provide is a successful original product launch. Leo says that's why Cook talking up augmented reality is so key. Could Apple be planning to launch AR with the next generation iPhone? Time will tell.
In the hopes of avoiding a repeat of the mistakes made with rushing a product out to market, Microsoft has announced that development of their mixed reality HoloLens device will be deferred to at least 2019. The hope is that they can avoid any similar mistakes that made the launch of the Kinect camera so problematic. Meanwhile, people can still get the current developer edition for $3500.
Johnny Jet has family in for the holidays and today's conversation is about mobile phones on the plane. The Department of Transportation is finally going to start allowing people to use their mobile phones on the plane. Leo says technological issues have never been why he's against that, but because people will keep talking loudly on the flight and it'll be even more annoying to fly. Johnny Jet says that VOIP is becoming very popular since in-air Wi-Fi has become very fast and reliable. Johnny says that it'll be left to the airlines to decide if it happens, and it won't be for a few years.
The White House has released an augmented reality app. The app called "1600" allows anyone with a smartphone or tablet and a $1 bill to take a tour of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Leo believes it's far more useful than virtual reality.
Microsoft is the first to leverage augmented reality with HoloLens. It's currently $3,000, but that should get cheaper soon. Leo says he wouldn't be surprised to see if plummet in price by next year.
Oculus Rift went on sale to the public this week. It's a virtual reality headset that has motion tracking in it along with a camera that can track your body's movements. It also has headphones with very good quality sound. For video, it means that you'll be able to look around and see things all around you. Instead of a camera man or director determining what you'll be seeing, you can look at anything you choose. Gaming is another big use case for these headsets. HTC has made a VR headset called the Vive in conjunction with Steam, a distributor of games for PC.
Paul heard that Viewmaster is coming out with an electronic version. Is this true? Leo says yes! He's tried it and it's really cool. It's only around $30 with "in-app" purchases. It allows you to see augmented reality content and it's very cool. It's kind of like Google Cardboard. It does require a smartphone and app to use it, though.
Brendon is a high school student who wants to build his own augmented reality device that works with the Occulus Rift for the National Science Fair. Virtual reality has been around for 20 years, but has only hit the mark lately thanks to micro computers. Brendon wants to create a system that will walk people through repairs step by step. Leo thinks that's a fantastic idea. Brendon is feeling over his head, though.