Monday, October 5, 2015

Microsoft HoloLens – The Era of Holographic Computing is Here

This year when Microsoft finally announced the launch of virtual reality compatible Windows 10 we, along with the rest of the world, were struck with awe. The program had been long awaited by fans all over the world. Windows Holographic is a mixed reality operating system that transforms the local environment of the user into a virtual reality. This means that the next time you bring a windows holographic enabled system home; your home can transform into Hogwarts, Disneyland or even a board room.

Along with the Holographic OS, Microsoft also developed its own range of smart glass lens similar to preexisting products on the market like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. The new product, the HoloLens, is a wireless headset without any external cameras. The set has multiple gyroscopes and accelerometers that help it to register the slightest movement made by a user's head - check out the picture to the right.

Windows 10 has a lot of applications designed to be used with the HoloLens, including virtual versions of Skype and the popular game Minecraft, Holostudio, a 3D designing software which can be used in sync with 3D printers and Onsight, a VR application that explores space. 

We're particularly excited by the HoloLens. In the video below, you can see how the system might become an integrated part of our lives, moving all applications from desktops to drawing room halls. As a result, game developers around the world have begun  developing holographic games which we should expect to see in stores sometime next year. 

With Microsoft lending its formidable capabilities to the VR technology trend, we can expect virtual reality to meld into mainstream households sooner than most of us would have imagined.

Now we're eagerly awaiting the day when Cortana (for all those Halo lovers out there) becomes a life-sized holographic assistant!

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