Everything You Need To Know About Microsoft’s Holographic Headset (HoloLens) In 1 List

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Holograms are the future—at least according to Star Trek and Microsoft. If you haven’t seen the demo video for Microsoft’s potentially game-changing gadget, HoloLens, I suggest you do so now. Virtual and augmented reality hold a lot of promise—perhaps mainly because they offer to free us from the screens we are so accustomed to viewing and interacting with now. Creating, gaming and even the world of medicine could be in for a huge jolt when Microsoft HoloLens becomes widely available. Here’s everything you need to know in one simple list:

  1. Microsoft HoloLens is a wireless headset that displays high-definition holograms in front of you.
  2. HoloLens holograms can be interactive and appear to “work” within/on things in your immediate physical environment…
  3. …which Microsoft refers to as “mixed reality.”
  4. You can use your movements, vision and voice to interact with HoloLens holographic content; there are no screens or mice—just gestures.
  5. So what kind of holograms will be accessible on HoloLens? Microsoft’s demo video offers some examples:
    1. A virtual TV on a blank wall (that you can resize by pinching and dragging a virtual corner).
    2. Virtual app buttons (think Skype, Xbox, Music, etc.), also on the wall.
    3. A large to-do list that appears on your fridge.
    4. An animated 3D weather forecast.
    5. CAD designing (the example shows a motorcycle being designed).
    6. A Skype-like conversation on a floating screen
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