Okay so I’ve been excited about the the VR headset called Occulus Rift ever since Greydon Square introduced me to it. Getting a chance to actually enter the digital sandbox of a video game is appealing to me. Just imagine being able to jump into GTA V and really feel like you are a part of it’s environment. Or even your favorite first person shooter. But now I’ve been introduced to something that I’m even more excited about. Something that I think, if done correctly, will change the way we interact with our computers. It’s called the Microsoft HoloLens.
It’s the first, fully untethered, holographic computer. Now it’s similar to the Occulus, in that it’s something you wear on your face, but it’s more like a pair of wide sunglasses rather than a big bulky headset. With them, you can see holographic images of the tasks you usually perform on your computer right in front of you. It’s like augmented reality.
It’s loaded with sensors that capture information about what you’re doing in the environment you are in. It comes complete with a high-end processor as well as something they call a holographic processing unit. This HPU gives it the ability to understand your voice, gestures and where you are looking. No wires, no external cameras and no PC or phone needed. As I watched the presentation, the one thing that popped in my head was the Iron Man movies. In those films, Tony Stark used holographic images to create new tech, communicate with his computer and a wide array of other functions. So a comic geek like me is going to be amped about that. Plus, I can just imagine a lot of different practical applications for this tech. In everything from architecture to designing airplanes. It’s supposed to be connected with their Windows 10 OS and they say it will be available in a few months. Let’s hope they keep the price point at something reasonable. I really want to get my grubby little hands on this.
Meanwhile, check out the presentation below and tell me what you think of this new tech.