Wow. Microsoft just announced their latest foray into the “face computing” technology market and it’s a step above notable entries Facebook’s Oculus Rift or Sony’s Project Morpheus. HoloLens was described by Microsoft’s presenter as the most advanced holographic computer the world has ever seen. HoloLens aims to change computing as we know it. It’s the first fully untethered holographic computer, something that you can wear on your head and take with you everywhere. Microsoft says HoloLens can process terabytes of data through its many censors on the unit all in real time. It takes augmented reality a step father, by allowing the user to interact with 3D objects HoloLens projects. Essentially, anything can be a canvas to create.
Impressions from reviewers have been generally good. The press conference saw a user of the HoloLens putting together a quadcopter in augmented reality space. She used various tools from a virtual toolbox, selecting each my tapping her finger on them much like she would have a mouse and cursor. The virtual model was then rendered in reality using a 3D printer. While a bit rough around the edges, this demo showed the potential applications and usefulness of this device.
I apologize if it sounds like I’m trying to promote the product. In reality, I never interact with anything Microsoft branded other than my Xbox, as I’m sure is the case with many other people. I’m deeply ingrained in my Apple-centric lifestyle, but I need to give Windows props where it’s due. While the device is larger than the failed Google Glass, I believe HoloLens will succeed because it’s fully aware that it is a big hunk of computer on your face.