A productivity tool, communications device, a gaming peripheral - there are some many things that Microsoft’s Hololens can be to so many different people which means it has the potential to be a monumental triumph or a soul crushing disappointment.
Like many others I was floored when Microsoft announced the device back in January with a slick video showcasing the device’s many practical uses. I had never really thought about being able to blow a virtual hole in my wall with Minecraft TNT but once I saw that the concept I couldn’t wait to digitally demolish my whole home. But before we can get into why you, the consumer, should be excited we have to answer one important question: What is the Hololens?
Hololens is the premiere device for Windows Holographic designed to be a self contained cordless computer running Windows 10. As a type of Smart Glasses, Hololens uses advanced sensors, a HD 3D optical head-mounted display, and spatial sounds to create augmented reality applications. Simply put, Microsoft is differentiating its device from something like the Oculus Rift or Project Morphous by creating fully interactive 3D models which means the real world industry applications are potentially infinite.
At Microsoft’s E3 press conference this year they showed off their proof of concept for the hardware by showing off a very impressive, prepared, Hololens Minecraft Demo and afterwards they opened a Halo 5: Guardians Hololens experience on the E3 Show floor.
Here’s the a video interview that shows some of it off for those of us who weren’t lucky enough to be presnet on the show floor.
Still, it remains to be seen as to whether or not the device will be up to snuff in a real home environment with real clutter, kids, and pets. And let’s hope that as the shift towards fully augmented reality moves ever forward that one day we won’t see this happen all around us.
Talk about a nightmare.
The hype and expectations for Windows Holographic and Hololens is strong though and, if it works as advertised, Hololens could be the game changer that we all though Kinect could have been. Here’s hoping that Hololens is just that!
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