The Microsoft Hololens is the world’s first holographic computer. The development was led Microsoft engineer Alex Kipman with help from Terry Myerson and Joe Belfiore. The market price for the developer’s version of the product is $3,000. Kipman, who led the software design team on the Hololens, also aided in other Microsoft endeavors such as the Xbox Kinect sensor. Kipman specifically contributed the invention of a brand new processor for holographic material called an HPU, or a holographic processing unit. Kipman created the HPU by engineering the software that is utilized in today’s Hololens.
The simple, lightweight device is built for entertainment as well as productivity, features Microsoft’s new Windows 10, and functions just like a computer. It goes over the viewer’s eyes and aids him/her in daily activities by incorporating apps and widgets around their home and workplace. The device functions solely on its own to develop holographic images to anyone wearing it. Microsoft describes Hololens as a “more natural way to interact” with the environment around the viewer. Microsoft Hololens blends together your reality and virtual reality to create a mix between the two.
According to Microsoft, this product is designed for comfort. The hardware specialists made sure to focus on maintaining great weight distribution and a comfortable fit. There’s an adjustable wheel to change the size of the headband to fit various head sizes. The device is wireless, which leaves the user to maneuver freely. The Microsoft team also states that as the viewer walks and moves around, the apps that they see pop up and vanish.
The Hololens was officially announced over a year ago in January 2015. The first demonstration of the product was at a Microsoft Convention in April 2015. At the first demonstration, Kipman introduced the product by saying that “people, not devices, are mobile. We are ready for technology to move beyond devices, beyond screens and pixels, and beyond today’s digital borders.”
In March of 2014, the idea behind the Hololens was created. The user wearing the headband can interact with the different applications and software on the computer through sight, sound, and various hand motions.
The previously released Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR—seemingly 3-dimensional headbands—are not as developed and real as the Hololens. With only a prototype developer’s version of the Hololens being aired in the first quarter of 2016, we have yet to know how far this new technology can take us.
Although that is true, Kipman created a way for us to view virtual images in our own world, and that in itself is a huge step forward for not only the Microsoft team, but the advancement of technology worldwide.
The Hololens is said to be the next big thing in technology and will have many more advancements to come in 2016.