Inside Microsoft's HoloLens headgear: all you need to know in a video and infographic

Inside Microsoft's HoloLens headgear: all you need to know in a video and infographic
Perhaps the craziest thing announced by Microsoft during the Windows 10 presentation is Windows Holographic - APIs that can be utilized by developers for multidimensional imaging, gaming, CAD apps, and so on. Not only that, but the company also announced Microsoft HoloLens - a virtual reality kind of headgear.

The augmented reality kit has its own computing power, rivaling that of current laptops, and spacial sound technology for holographic processing, able to understand what you are looking at, understand your voice, and run without any wires, processing terabytes of information in real time. No phone is required, no PC connection, and, as we mentioned, no cables even, which is really crazy.

The Holo Studio was also announced - a platform that allows you to create for the new Windows Holographic experience and the HoloLens device in a jiffy. The demonstration showed a quad-copter being imagined and created with Holo Studio, then 3D-printed as a physical object. The "Wired" magazine sat down with Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella, and featured the cool new products and services developed under his supervision long and hard, but what attracted our attention were the details about HoloLens.

Microsoft is apparently planning to roll the headgear to influential opinion-makers at first, the kind of folks that would give TED talks, for instance, and engage the ever-critical development community to take a long and hard look at what can be done with the holographic abilities of HoloLens, only then rolling them out to retail, so that your kid can play 3D Minecraft with their buddies. Check out the Wired's infographic of the HoloLens headgear, detailing its build and abilities, and feast on Microsoft's official promo video below.


source: Wired

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48 Comments

1. Javi805

Posts: 8; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

So this means that there is a developer version of this coming out right?

5. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

TAKE MY MONEY!!!!! NOWWWW!!!!!!

27. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I wonder how much this thing will heat up if its processing tons of data every second. Who knows. Maybe its cooking your brain while you play.

32. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Frying your brain cells to chicken. I will not be the one to put this dangerous thing on my head. Already using a normal glass is a pain, using this thing monitoring all your life, your breath, what you see and hear is just being mad.

40. engineer-1701d unregistered

it does not do anything like monitoring all your life fool, its a tool for work and home maybe later in life compact design we will be wearing them on the street 20 years from now. people like you hold back the great minds and innovators am scared then go home hide under your blankets you're all gonna die anyways enjoy it while you can

48. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

In 20 years this tech will be dead.

60. duartix

Posts: 311; Member since: Apr 01, 2014

Sure, sure, nothing like Android and Google Services, right? Your personal data and habits aren't worth jack... :O In the end the thing is, they keep trying to mine you more or less successfully, but when they cross that border (by trying to mine those around you even if just @home or @work), people come to their senses and shut it down. That is the main reason why this will never take off. At least Google learnt their lesson with Glass. I though Microsoft was way smarter after what happened to Google.

38. engineer-1701d unregistered

this summer i will be enjoying a holofemale hahahahahhaha cant wait for this tech i can use it just like the guy with the bike i can show people parts parts to touch fix turn etc. same for networking,

39. engineer-1701d unregistered

the product will be out during win 10 dates so later this year to next year no price yet.

2. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I can't wait this is in production! If MS take this serious, this could easily beat any smart glasses out there

11. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

smart glasses are already dead

20. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

It's not dead. It's just being developed in the wrong direction. Imaging it could be used for gaming, construction, sport, military and more. It should never be used as an average joe's "toy" until it's more mature in its development.

28. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Things like Google Glass are completely different to these glasses. These are for gaming and full immersion game play. Glass is not designed for this at all. Also what idiot would be walking around the street with these on. This should be compared to other VR headsets and not Glass.

29. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Honestly, this should not be compared to VR headsets. You can't see out of a VR headset. However, this generates a virtual display onto the world you are looking at. They are totally different. It should be in its own category

31. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You can use Samsung's VR headset and walk around with that one as well. Not that I would walk around outside with any of those big VR headsets on. These things are made for gaming and virtual reality.

33. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I really don't think you can see out of the VR headset. But I would like the HoloLens being developed onto a motorcycle helmet. Give you real time information, road condition alert, traffic alert and even GPS system. I would wear one of those helmet while I drive a car XD

42. engineer-1701d unregistered

thats already out it cost about 1200 i was thinking about getting one.http://www.skullysystems.com/#smartest-helmet

58. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

That... is... BADASS!!

51. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You can see out of the Gear VR headset. Take a look at the specs. It supports camera pass through at 60 fps. It starts at $199, and you need a note 4. http://www.samsung.com/global/microsite/gearvr/mobile/index.html

57. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I really don't think that really counts as "see out of" the device. You are looking at the screen displaying what the camera is capture. Comparing that to the HoloLens that you actually looking through a glasses.

59. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Dude are you really trying to sell that this is like VR? It's not and is way beyond what VR does.

41. engineer-1701d unregistered

its already picked up by military and darpa this ms model is very similar to the one the seals are testing.

62. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

well.... time to start the training so I can join the seals!!!

3. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 432; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

At least, it's not for scuba diving unlike the Samsung Gear VR.

13. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

No instead you can do a vr of the sea around you. in full 3d surrounding.

53. jack123

Posts: 278; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

No, he'll be drowned in the water.

4. TechNeck

Posts: 656; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

A world equal to SAO is getting closer. ^o^

6. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

whats SAO???

8. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Sword Art Online, a series that takes place in the near-future and focuses on various virtual reality MMORPG worlds

43. engineer-1701d unregistered

its a ok anime, rip of log horizen

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