Microsoft is reportedly working on a new augmented-reality headset that’s capable of running the upcoming Windows 10 operating system (OS). Dubbed the “HoloLens,” it follows in the footsteps of similar wearable electronics like the Google Glass and Oculus Rift. However, don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s just another fly-by-night invention with no real future.
The actual HoloLens headset features a pair of see-through holographic lenses, allowing the user to see holographic images embedded in their surroundings. Simply put, the HoloLens blends interactive holograms with the real world. This, of course, opens up a whole new world of possibilities in terms of usability. And according to Microsoft, it will change the way you create, communicate, work and play.
When Microsoft presented the HoloLens, it demonstrated the headset’s power by using it to create a drone. The user built a three-dimensional drone while wearing the HoloLens and then sent the design to a 3D printer. The HoloLens supports both voice and gesture commands.
“Microsoft HoloLens puts you at the center of a world that blends holograms with reality. With the ability to design and shape holograms, you’ll have a new medium to express your creativity, a more efficient way to teach and learn, and a more effective way to visualize your work and share ideas. Your digital content and creations will be more relevant when they come to life in the world around you,” wrote Microsoft on its HoloLens page.
News of Microsoft’s HoloLens comes just a week after Google said it was temporarily postponing production of its Google Glass headset. This doesn’t necessarily mean that Google is scrapping its headset design, but the Mountain View company said changes were necessary to improve its functionality. It’s unknown when Google Glass will appear back in stores, nor do we know what kind of changes Google plans to make.
Google Glass and Microsoft’s HoloLens may sound like similar devices, but they each have their own unique purposes. Google Glass, for instance, was designed for long-term use, with some users wearing it for 8 or more hours a day. HoloLense, on the other hand, is designed for shorter sessions.
Video: Microsoft HoloLens – Possibilities
Check out the video above for an overview of the HoloLens and how it was made.
Pricing and release date details for the HoloLens remains unknown at this time.