Virtual reality has been an idea around since at least the 1950s. It’s been only through the era of technology that we’re currently in, where the industry has actually been able to construct prototypes for devices that may someday hit the market, if they haven’t already. Now, let’s go back in time in our own lives for a moment. Think back and recall your favorite movie or video game that explored this concept. Now fast forward to the future a little bit and imagine yourself equipped with this cool new device, using it to find that annoying leaky faucet in your bathroom. How exciting is that?! No more having strain your next to watch Youtube videos on your phone while fixing something or having to figure out where to prop it up. This is where we are headed in the technology industry and Microsoft is gearing up to help us do that with the HoloLens augmented-reality glasses.
Imagine walking into a room and different objects around you suddenly transform to 3D, yet you’re the only one that sees this. That is what the HoloLens does for you while you’re wearing them, besides being a pair of interesting looking goggles. As Microsoft so eloquently states on their website, this is ‘the first fully untethers, holographic computer” aimed at transforming your everyday world into something even more amazing. Within an instant, everything around you can become an interactive plane of shapes, colors characters, objects, videos, tv and so much more. Your ideas can come to life within an instant, blending what you already know with new eyes to see it through. If this takes off the way that it’s intended, this device will quite literally change the world.
The possibilities are endless of what can be done with the HoloLens. As it’s still in the development stages, Microsoft is testing the HoloLens to see how far the envelope can be pushed. In partnership with Autodesk Fusion 360, the HoloLens can and will bring design to life truly allow for designers to get almost hands-on with the product before it even hits production.
Microsoft is also partnering with Volvo to use the HoloLens for future developments of vehicles. Using the holograms to design every nook and cranny of the car, as well as incorporate it into the buying experience for customers to interact with the car and get a true feel for what it will look like, giving the car a soul. In addition, the HoloLens is helping to transform teaching at the Case Western Reserve University, design and construction at Trimble, and even with the space program at NASA, exploring Mars with the HoloLens!! And this is just the beginning!!
Upon release, Windows 10 will be the supporting platform to bring this amazing holographic experience to life. Being still in the developmental stages, there is so much more opportunity for what the HoloLens will be able to do. Microsoft is currently seeing your ideas for software, apps, games, etc., to help in making this device even more amazing. The company has set up demos all over the country at different tech events and private viewings for you to come check it out. All you have to do is sign up for on through their website! Also, if you’re looking to get your hand on one, Microsoft is accepting applications for after development. Augmenting reality as you normally see it and allowing you to experience your world – new, the HoloLens will be an amazing tool that will change your world. The Microsoft HoloLens truly makes your imagination real.