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HTC unveils diminished reality headset for people who think regular reality is too much

At long last, the day has come for the anxious, the overstimulated, and the angst-prone. HTC has shared a first look at their new diminished reality headset that will dull the harsher parts of reality, such as inboxes overflowing with unread emails, incessant Slack notifications about projects you haven’t started, and Twitter mentions from spam accounts based in Azerbaijan.

Today, the diminished reality pioneer shared early details on the HTC Deprive, which consists of features such as:

  • Calming Warp Lenses: stimulating items like iPhones and laptops are transformed into calming objects like vases filled with pebbles and vases filled with seashells
  • Earpack: a hefty set of wraparound headphones that block out noises louder than a whisper or light breeze with the sound of a piccolo
  • M*A*S*H Mode: if you’re in a Zoom meeting with your boss, the Deprive will replace your entire screen with reruns of the classic 1970’s sitcom. Note: the setting excludes the emotionally charged episode where Lt. Colonel Henry Blake was shot down over the Sea of Japan.

HTC plans to release the full version of the Deprive by the end of this year. Currently, the company is working through some final kinks after the device failed to render a daffodil field over a photo of a beta user’s ex-girlfriend in his Instagram feed, causing him to remain in regular reality where he was prone to dry heaves and shrieking at the Moon.