It hasn’t taken Microsoft too long to jump onto the Virtual Reality band wagon. Although their take on it is decidedly more “mixed reality”. Microsoft is building support for holographic displays into Windows 10, so it only makes sense that the company would make one of those displays, wouldn’t it? Meet the HoloLens, an official headset with see-through lenses that merges digital content with the physical. It includes spatial sound so that you can hear things happening behind you in the virtual world, and it even has a dedicated Holographic Processing Unit (HPU) to make sure everything works smoothly.
When using the headset’s translucent lenses you are able to view graphics overlayed on the physical environment in front of you. Microsoft demo-ed the HoloLens at their MWC event a few days ago. The technology is still a work in progress, although the company stressed that it was a huge part of Microsoft’s plans for the future of Windows. Comparisons between Microsoft’s HoloLens and Google Glass are already flaring up all over the internet. After all, both include weird-looking computers on your face. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella even made a few comments about Google Glass in the past tense and Microsoft seems eager to capitalize on the Glass developers who might feel abandoned by Google.
What we can say is that Google Glass and Microsoft’s HoloLens are actually quit different. The end goal of making computing more contextual and visual may be true for both, but according to the lucky few who has taken the HoloLens for a spin, the experience “” not to mention the positioning “” is vastly different.
We are not exactly sure when Microsoft will start selling these bad boys, but it should be within the Windows 10 time frame (next 2-4 years). Check out the video below: