Holograms. Augmented Reality (AR). 3D interaction. HoloLens. Its coming.
I shouldn’t be pushing up this article as the first of the trilogy, but I can wait to share my views on the Microsoft HoloLens. We first learnt about HoloLens back in January 2015, when Windows 10 and Project Spartan were born to the public. And I did write about the HoloLens before. Still, reintroducing to you the AR headset, HoloLens.
HoloLens is a full fledged, untethered gadget you strap onto you head to see the world differently. How differently? That is almost unexplainable, because what it does it literally adds “virtual” elements to the “real” world. The HoloLens has a glass display through which you see the real world as well as computerised “holographic” projections that seem to live in the real world. That is the concept behind Augmented Reality, similar to what Google Glass did on that tiny display, just that this is far, far more advanced (cannot be compared to the Glass).
The HoloLens has a multitude of sensors, majorly used to scan the environment of the user. There is the display that overlays the virtual world over the real world. Then there are the carefully coordinated speakers that respond to 3D surround sound. And to unite it all is the computer itself, that uses the huge amount of continuous data from the sensors to develop the holographs at precision depth. But guess what, it runs Windows 10. Windows 10, with all its apps (I’ll be talking about the unified apps and store in a future post) is what operates this data, giving it all the functionality of a standard computer in a different dimension.
Now watch these videos of what they can do (From Build 2015):
Amazing right? Using the sensors on the HoloLens, the robotic base, along with the virtually generated body, can move in the real world without bumping. Moreover, the animations of the body can easily be manipulated. Air-tap enables direct interaction with the virtually real world.
Best of all, you don't need to own a pet!... Just have one virtually generated specially for you!
Microsoft is working with architects, developers and universities to bring more possibilities to HoloLens. I can wait to see everything I learn in 3D. Wouldn't it be so much easier to study the complex human body or the structures of atoms and organic compounds when you could interact with them in 3D right in the real world?
HoloLens will help enhance our human brains, that are pretty bad at converting the 2D nets into 3D. Architects can see a full scale 3D virtual model of the building they will soon build. That'll greatly help avoid errors and enable easy redesigns.
Lastly, Skype in 3D. In fact, teleportation. Wearing the headset, you can travel to the other end of the planet and see everything as you would in you were actually there. Skype for HoloLens will also allow for 3D interactions in the virtual world that'll transform the real world. And you can travel to Mars sitting at home. Basically, virtual reality.
HoloLens is a true piece of innovation and Microsoft has taken all the right steps to develop it. With developers getting access to it, it will revolutionise its utility. And since Microsoft is first in building this kind of technology, it will surely have an edge over its competitors (that aren’t even present yet). If the company pulls this off as a 2015 device for the public, it will probably gain back all its lost charm.
That’s about it. Read more about HoloLens and the previous press conference(Jan 2015) here: http://www.technonerdsblog.com/blog/microsoft-press-event
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