A Look At Microsoft HoloLens
HoloLens is the latest piece of tech coming out from Microsoft alongside their Windows 10 operating system and all of the neat features that will come with it. Microsoft announced HoloLens at CES earlier this year and has high hopes for its various future uses. HoloLens is a piece of highly technological headwear designed to combine our lives with the virtual world.
HoloLens is Microsoft’s answer to the growing interest in virtual reality (VR), but HoloLens is said by Microsoft to not be VR exactly, with the aim more pointed towards the concept of mixing the idea of VR with holograms. The way Microsoft does this as opposed to how actual holograms work is that Microsoft has you wear the HoloLens and through that you are able to see and interact with them as if they existed in real life. In a normal environment, a hologram is something that exists in real space which is something that is still in the works on becoming a reality.
While wearing the HoloLens, you are able to see the holograms as if they exist in real space. The term Microsoft is uses for HoloLens is augmented reality. This is where HoloLens separates itself from other virtual reality or digital overlay devices such as Oculus Rift and Google Glass. Oculus Rift immerses you in an entirely virtual environment with the Oculus headset being just a computer screen in each eye. Google Glass is a screen so close to your eye that everything on it is just an overlay on top of real life, like a heads-up-display. HoloLens fuses these concepts together into what we see as real life interactive holograms. They still only exist in the realm of the HoloLens which means if you’re talking about breaking walls and building houses from blocks you mined earlier, people will still think you’re insane rather than seeing the game of Minecraft you’re playing with the living room furniture.
Some features that we have seen in HoloLens is the ability to control your augmented environment. You are able to interact with the objects in HoloLens through body gestures and even changing what real life objects can and can’t be seen behind the virtual objects (transparency control). An example of this is you can put on HoloLens and suddenly you’re standing on Mars but can still see and use your computer that’s just sitting on the surface of the Red Planet.
One amazing thing that Microsoft has shown in demos is how HoloLens can help you accomplish tasks that you otherwise wouldn’t know how to do. An example Microsoft has shown is one where you are trying to install a light switch and you are in a Skype video call with someone that is actually showing you, in augmented reality, how to install a light switch. The demo shows how someone in a remote location could draw items into your HoloLens environment without being there or even having HoloLens.
Much of HoloLens is still hidden from public view such as how it works and what all can be done with it, most current knowledge is still just what Microsoft share’s about it. People have demoed it in a scenario where Microsoft walked them through various things you can do with HoloLens, but we haven’t had a chance to play with it and see all of the cool hidden features Microsoft has implemented. This is because HoloLens is still in development and won’t be officially released for some time now, although Microsoft does have plans to reveal more prototypes and demos in the future. They have even stated that we will be seeing much more of HoloLens “in the Windows 10 timeframe.” For now we only have reviews by a select few that had the chance to try out HoloLens in its current form, but we will be seeing much more from Microsoft in the near future. If you’d like to read more on HoloLens, you can visit Microsoft’s HoloLens site here.
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