Imagine a virtual world overlaid on top of the real one, with full physical interaction between you and the digital projections that map our lives. We’ve been trying to mesh the real world with the virtual one ever since we invented computers. Microsoft’s HoloLens tech will be a huge advancement.
With the first fully untethered, see-through holographic computer built into a headset, it brings high-definition holograms to life to create a mixed reality of real world and your digital world. You can look at your fridge and it projects a grocery list of what you should buy when you’re out. An artist could glance at a table and see a 3D projection of light in the shape of a statue they’re constructing. Engineers could literally step inside their early drafts. Scientists could map electrons firing in real time, simply with light projections. Glancing up at your bedroom wall, you could activate a holographic TV screen (that doesn’t actually exist) and watch Netflix.
The real world applications of HoloLens are limitless, which means the storytelling capabilities are also limitless. In the coming years, I’m sure we’ll set our sights on immersion in the holo world.
Editor’s update 7 Dec 2015:
Although Microsoft has a lot riding on HoloLens being a big hit, even sending one into space for NASA’s use, it is winding down work on its VR headset and platform in Israel and shifting development to a different technology in the US.
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