While we still believe that a consumer HoloLens release is years away, a new partnership with Lowes could be an interesting first step. The home improvement chain is going to feature HoloLens in some of its Seattle-area stores, letting customers use the device to help design kitchen remodels.

“Select Lowe’s stores in the greater Seattle area will pilot HoloLens in store, allowing customers to customize a showroom kitchen with holographic representations of cabinets, appliances, countertops and more,” a Microsoft representative told me. “This partnership enables Lowes to quickly and affordably demonstrate highly customizable design options and provide customers with a sense of real-world scale.”

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