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by Kevin Coupe

The Seattle Times has a piece this morning about how Microsoft may turn watching football on TV into an entirely new experience.

At a panel timed to coincide with Sunday's Super Bowl 50 game between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers, Microsoft debuted a video (that you can watch here) demonstrating how its in-development augmented-reality headset, dubbed the HoloLens, could revolutionize spectator sports.

It shows various windows being opened, offering in-depth views of player stats and replays, and even has the ability to allow viewers to watch the action playing out in three dimensions on a tabletop.

Now, the story notes that "Microsoft stresses that the video is conceptual. The company doesn’t have HoloLens-related NFL apps in the works." And it says that the overall aim "is to boost interest in the device among developers and potential customers. Headsets are to make their way to select developers by the end of March, Microsoft says, at a cost of $3,000 a piece."

That's pricey ... and it doesn't sound like the revolution is going to happen in the near future.

On the other hand ... technological revolutions tend to happen a lot faster than they used to, and so it isn't hard to imagine traditional ways of watching ballgames being disrupted by technology and turned into a far more involving experience. (From here, it seems like a short distance to the holodecks introduced on "Star Trek: The Next Generation.")

And when coaches are talking to players on the sidelines, instead of using the tablet computers that they all seem to be using these days, they at some point in the near future will start using these 3D tools to explain plays and strategies.

Watch the video. It's an Eye-Opener.
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