Microsoft HoloLens: Everything You Need to Know
Ryan Simmons / 2 years ago
Yesterday Microsoft had their massive Windows 10 event. In it they announced a great deal about Windows 10 and a great deal about many things we weren’t expecting.
One of those things was the HoloLens – a crazy mix of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality. These goggles essentially provide the virtual reality of a device like Oculus Rift, but presented in a way like Google Glass. There’s a visor that provides the viewer rich and detailed content, but content that can be ‘projected’ onto any surface. In the demo for instance, the company showed how you could play Minecraft on your living room floor, picking up and adding blocks with your hands.
Besides playing Minecraft, the HoloLens also looks like it could do a lot for education and enterprise customers too. They showed how someone made a drone with the device, picking up and choosing various components for it out of the air, and then building the real thing with a 3D printer.
The question with a device like this is, how useful will it be? Is HoloLens a gimmick, or something that represents a new take on user interfaces, that will pave the way for computing in the years to come? We’re not entirely sure at the moment, but so far, it looks more like a whole lot of fun rather than some life-altering technology.
We’ll have to try it out to deliver a definitive answer – something Microsoft says we can all do in “the Windows 10 timeframe”.