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Tech hipster augmented reality monocles are coming, this prank proves it

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If it looks silly and appears within 24 hours of April Fools’ Day, it’s a fair target. Therefore, our latest object of scorn is the hipster-ready augmented reality concept device called the MonoLens. 

The device is exactly what it sounds like: A single lens that hangs off your face and delivers all the wonders of augmented reality, without the cumbersome load of real augmented reality devices like the HoloLens

Envisioned by London-based creative agency Rewind, the concept device comes with its own elaborate promotion video in the run-up to a supposed Kickstarter campaign promised next Monday (don’t hold your breath). Read more…

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