Thanks to laser microprojectors, augmented reality glasses are finally going mainstream, no longer a niche, unwieldy toy for technomaniacs.
People rarely view the world without such glasses, which supplement human vision with computer-generated information about real objects and even people. In 2040, you will rarely meet up with friends and colleagues in the flesh; increasingly, that will occur in virtual presence systems, where you are all together in one room, despite physically being on different continents.
By this year, clothing and cosmetics producers will be selling both real and electronic versions of their products. The latter are for your digital twin when it represents you in a virtual presence chat. But even if you show up at a meeting in your own skin, your carefully selected makeup, clothing, and accessories will be displayed in the glasses of the other participants.
This is very convenient, because it means that you can rent the latest sneakers, watch, or lipstick for one evening instead of purchasing them forever. The disadvantage of virtual makeup is that anyone who decides to remove their glasses will see you “warts and all.” But only retrogrades would ever do such a silly thing.