Holographic technology has impressed many people for years. The idea of walking around a normal room and interacting with virtual objects seems like science-fiction, but during the unveiling of Microsoft’s new operating system, Windows 10, Microsoft also announced a new piece of technology called the ‘HoloLens’.

[divider]What is the HoloLens?[/divider]

The HoloLens is a holographic computer built into a headset that lets you see, hear and interact with holograms within an environment such as a living room or office space.

[divider]How does it work?[/divider]

In order to see these holograms, you need to wear a specific piece of gear – the headset. The HoloLens has multiple sensors that sense your movements and track your eyes. It collects information from your movements and with the help of some coloured glass inside the lens, virtual images are projected all around you and from there, you are able to interact with them and even view them from various angles.

Microsoft's HoloLens

Microsoft’s HoloLens

The headset itself may seem a little bulky and you probably will not want to walk around town with these on, but nevertheless, finally being able to have your own Iron Man like holograms is cool, right?

According to Microsoft, the HoloLens will be able to let you view and interact with work projects such as building 3D models or fixing a motorcycle, as well as playing games like Minecraft, watching live shows and even video chatting with your Skype friends.

The senses will also allow you to use hand gestures. At the moment, it’s just clicking, but we expect more options will be coming soon.

 

[divider]Where will it work?[/divider]

As daft as this question may seem, don’t expect to be going into your local shop with these on. Although it is not yet confirmed if the HoloLens can be used outside, the video demonstration, which you can view below, didn’t really show them being used in other than indoor environments.

This video demonstrates what the holograms will look like, as well as showcase many of the features this device has to offer.

[divider]Where can I get one?[/divider]

At the time of writing this article, they have not yet been released to the public. It’s currently unclear on when the intended release date is and the likelihood of this device being in a good price range isn’t very high. However, Microsoft did say that the HoloLens will be priced for both enterprise and consumers to get, so we will just have to wait and see.

We will keep you updated on this as time goes on, but for now, do you think you will be purchasing one of these anytime soon? What is your thoughts on this? Was there something we missed? Let us know below!

You can also learn more about the HoloLens on Microsoft’s website –

http://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-hololens/en-us

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