'Mixed reality entertainment'
Microsoft is famed for a lot of things, and following the announcement of the Lumia 950 smartphones, we've been given a closer look at the company's 'mixed reality' headset, Microsoft HoloLens.
If you’ve been following this project’s development, you may have come across its original name, Project Baraboo. Offshoots of the original idea actually became Xbox’s Kinect in 2010. In terms of design, the headgear looks like a mix between a Top Gun pilot’s pull-down visor, and ski goggles. The unit is also completely self-contained and wireless, housing the CPU, camera, and something Microsoft is calling a holographic processor.
And, here it is in mind-blowing action, demonstrating a game called Project XRay. The camera filming the whole thing is also equipped with a HoloLens-type filter over the lens, so it can see what the 'player' can see.
The footage truly shows off what HoloLens is capable of doing - essentially turning your whole life into a giant holodeck (for non-Star Trek fans, that’s a big, virtual reality room). Whether you want to play Minecraft on your coffee table or battle gaint robots in your livingroom, Microsoft proposes that this technology is all within reach.
Not trying to fit in
Microsoft isn’t trying to be too subtle with a product of this nature, and hasn’t tired to strip it down to the bare bones. Google Glass wanted to be so sophisticated and embedded within our ecosystems, when in actual fact, we can guarantee everyone was wondering why you had a computer strapped to your face.
Some of us are still a little baffled by people making hands-free phone calls with their headphones’ mics, never mind having to listen to a stranger ask his glasses whether it’s going to rain this afternoon.
It was revealed at the press conference that a developer kit will be avilable in the first quater of 2016 for the tidy sum of $3,000. It's a massive amount of money, but for a technology that looks to blow all other virtual reality headsets out the water, we're keen to give it a whirl. More to follow.
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Source: Microsoft HoloLens