Is VR going to succeed? That's the wrong question to ask when your whole life is virtual

"We were late to a Houseparty with my mom, my sister, my niece and nephews. We were all going to talk and play trivia and Pictionary, or whatever the app calls it. We huddled in on the sofa, taking turns. The kids wanted Fortnite trivia, which I was terrible at. I liked the sketching game better. We played rounds of it, guessing the terrible drawings. We smiled. My hand got tired holding up the iPad. We whiled away time.

I had to hurry off and join some friends from college after, who started a weekly Zoom. I poured myself a whiskey and caught up on old times with an AirPod in my ear upstairs. I preferred the gallery view, where we all were in our little boxes and I could see everyone, even when they were silent. It was like we were together, maybe...."

Sure, you might think you know how big the TV you're buying on Amazon or Best Buy's website is, but what if you're wrong?

"TV sizes are measure diagonally, so it can be a surprise how much bigger a 65-inch TV is than a 55-inch TV. And two different 66-inch TVs can be a different width and height. Sony's AR app wants to help you check your fit - at least for Sony TVs.

The app, which works on Android and iOS, is reasonably intuitive. Pick your Sony TV model, the size you want it in, then point your camera where you want the TV to go. The app will overlap a box onto your wall or TV stand to give you a sense of how much room it needs.

Of course, you'll need a recent smartphone - at least an iPhone 6s or an ARCore-capable Android phone running Oreo or later. But neither of those requirements are a big ask at this point. And naturally, the app only works for Sony TV's; you're on your own if you want a TCL or Samsung TV..."

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