Updated: 22nd March 2018

Alien holograms Assault in Microsoft’s mixed reality HoloLens demo

In the 2015 Windows 10 devices event in New York, Microsoft started the Surface Novel, Surface Guru 4, Microsoft Band 2 and a pair of stylish Lumia smartphones. In addition, it showed off another demonstration of its exciting augmented reality headset — HoloLens.

Actually, Microsoft is now calling the encounter ‘mixed reality’. The HoloLens program — an cordless, open Windows 10 computer with an HD visor — features a package of sensors and cameras which map your surroundings and job 3D images.

We have covered HoloLens earlier on IQ. We have noticed how designers could use it in order to see 3D models and the way players could play Minecraft in their living room coffee table. In the most recent demonstration, Microsoft showed off Project X-Ray, which turns your home into a unique Sci-Fi shooting gallery.

It’s easy to be wowed by the technology — the manner in which the alien reptiles tear through real walls and scuttle round them the wearable holographic gauntlet that clings to wearer’s hands as they move and play.

You don’t need to envision using one. Microsoft used the Windows 10 event to announce the availability of HoloLens Development Edition kits, which will go on sale in 2016 with a cost of $3,000. As smart as the technology is, it is going to  fail without  forcing applications to run on it.

It’s clear how the HoloLens mixed reality system differs to virtual reality cans like the Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR. Virtual reality is designed to be wholly immersive, so replacing your perspective of the real world using a projection of an entirely virtual one. But is HoloLens distinct to augmented reality programs like Google Glass?

Microsoft HoloLens in action
Past Microsoft demos have demonstrated how the HoloLens technology could be used to talk people through catchy home repairs.

“Using AR, the user sees a layer or display of information which overlays the real world,” explains Microsoft. “While this information could be perceptible to the consumer’s location, or where your device’s camera is pointed, it’s not the same as having the ability to view heavenly objects placed in specific physical places or items in the real world.”

Naturally, there’s a drawback to the present technology — that the holographic field of opinion is supposedly restricted and doesn’t extend to your peripheral vision. It’s something you don’t notice as you’re being wowed by the actions from the Project X-Ray movie over, which has been filmed with  a holographic camera.

Having said that, the HoloLens tech proceeds to appear magical. But big questions remain. Can Microsoft produce an irresistible ultimate product and what exactly will we finally use it for?

“Holographic experiences on Windows are about providing a mixed reality that lets you enjoy your virtual life Whilst staying more linked to the world about you — transforming the ways you make, join, and explore.”     — Dean Evans (@evansdp)