HoloLens Reality Check

Are you tired of futuristic HoloLens visions? CNET‘s Cam Robinson provided a HoloLens Reality Check. According to CNET.com, “gaming is the number one most exciting potential use of the technology”.

Check out his video here: http://www.gamespot.com/videos/embed/6423294/

For those who prefer reading: Cam explains that HoloLens is about “adding things on top of existing reality” and emphasizes the follwing key features of HoloLens:

  • manipulation of digital holographic objects
  • construction of virtual objects (to be later 3D printed)
  • modelling in realtime 3D
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Gaming: VR creating “feeling of presence”

On top of this, Cam compared HoloLens to its “VR cousins” (e.g. Oculus Rift/ Project Morpheus) that fulfil their intended purpose by creating “the feeling of presence”. They take you to a new virtual world and simulate the feeling of being a part of the game.

Especially Facebook has shown the great importance of next-generation technologies as Mark Zuckerberg announced the $2bn acquisition of Oculus Rift in March 2014 (according to theguardian).

Facebook, Sony, Google, Microsoft – they are all pursuing a long-term strategy to develop and improve AR and VR solutions. But what about Apple? The gossip factory is working overtime as Apple is hiring engineers and app developers with VR experience.

As long as there were no more details released, we have to be patient. Maybe we have to get ready for another pleasant surprise?

Feel free to leave your comments below and let us know what you think about the current development.

And do not forget to participate in our HoloLens survey above!

Mixed Reality (MR)

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Reality- Virtuality Continuum

Currently we are talking about AR and VR. But there is still another buzz word that encompasses both terms and has to be considered: Mixed Reality (MR).

But what exactly is MR?

According to Wikipedia, MR is described as follows:

MR refers to the merging of real and virtual worlds to produce new environments and visualisations where physical and digital objects co-exist and interact in real time.

Not taking place only in the physical world or the virtual world, but a mix of reality and virtual reality, encompassing augmented reality and augmented virtuality

via Mixed reality – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

So much for the theory. But what does Microsoft actually mean when talking about MR?

Therefore, Alaina Yee, tech editor from IGN, provided another Hands-On Review that explains HoloLens, Mixed Reality and her experiences with the new gadget.

Especially for those who prefer videos over reading Hands-On Reviews!

More detailed: Watch Alaina Yee’s “Behind the Scenes of Windows 10 / HoloLens Event” Podcast here

Listening to expert opinions

The presentation of HoloLens caught a lot of attention. Especially the differentiation between vision, expectation and state of facts gets very difficult due to the promising product.

That’s why so-called expert opinions have to be considered and will be expressed hereafter.

 

Paul Thurrott

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Journalist & Blogger Paul Thurrott

After being very sceptical about HoloLens, Microsoft expert Paul Thurrott is more optimistic about Microsoft’s innovation.

“I now believe HoloLens to be an innovation far more impressive than the voice and gesture capabilities of, say, Kinect. It really is pretty incredible.”

via Hands-on with HoloLens: What the pundits are saying about HoloLens – Opinion – Trusted Reviews.

Read his full Hands-On Review: Hands-On with Microsoft HoloLens – Thurrott.com.

 

Ben Gilbert

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Senior Editor Ben Gilbert

Ben Gilbert provided a two-minded opinion.

“Ben Gilbert on Engadget provides a particularly insightful look at HoloLens, highlighting its potential but also stressing that Microsoft has a lot of development to do before it’s ready for ordinary people. His description makes it sound very unlikely that HoloLens could possibly be available this year.”

via Hands-on with HoloLens: What the pundits are saying about HoloLens – Opinion – Trusted Reviews.

Don’t forget to have a look at his full statement: I experienced ‘mixed reality’ with Microsoft’s holographic computer headset, ‘HoloLens’.

 

Peter Molyneux

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Builder Peter Molyneux

As a successful game designer, Peter Molyneux prefers the concept of HoloLens to similar VR solutions such as Oculus Rift or Project Morpheus.

In his opinion, the main challenge of HoloLens will be to define the field of application. According to gamestar.de, Molyneux already tried a previous prototype of HoloLens two years ago and bases his argumentation on this experience.

The information is taken from the following article: HoloLens – Laut Peter Molyneux »aufregender« als Virtual-Reality – News – GameStar.de  [German Article]

Future visions

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Microsoft’s futuristic product presentation

arstechnia.com shared another Hands-On review of HoloLens including profound thoughts about the future of gaming and AR.

arstechnia’s Peter Bright describes his HoloLens vision as following:

“HoloLens certainly felt like part of the future. It excites me. I imagine a world of gaming that interacts with the environment around me. A world where designers and engineers can manipulate virtual 3D objects JARVIS-style, simply by using their hands. A world where I can sit at my desktop PC and have a monitor that’s near infinitely large and totally private.”

via Hands-on: Microsoft’s HoloLens is flat-out magical | Ars Technica.

But in the words of digitaltrends‘ Jeremy Kaplan, we have to admit that:

“There are more questions than answers at present: What does it cost? How do you get models built in Holo Studio onto your computer? Why did we have Developer Kits if the real deal was up and running? What sort of hardware powers this thing anyway?

Microsoft said it would have answers to many of those questions at the developer centric Build conference in March.”

via Microsoft HoloLens: Hands-On Review of VR and AR Fusion | Digital Trends |

Nevertheless we are all curious about the further development that will certainly come along with HoloLens!

Excerpts from the life of Alex Kipman

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Alex Kipman – the name is on everyone’s lips. As chief inventor of HoloLens and creator of Microsoft’s Kinect motion controller, he is an outstanding personage in the Age of Technology.

Especially his work for Microsoft and the Xbox department was crowned with success – even his everyday work speaks for itself.

“Kipman’s daily routine at Microsoft is very different from your average workday. In between critiquing secret projects and attending brainstorming meetings, Kipman blocks off several hours a day for “creating,” according to Fast Company.

If you want to learn more about his career and development, follow the link below and read the full article of UK Business Insider:

Everything You Need To Know About Microsoft’s Alex Kipman – Business Insider.

Onsight takes you to Mars

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Microsoft’s JPL Research Scientist Katie Stack Morgan

Everybody is excited about the new Microsoft HoloLens, but what is behind all of this?

Techradar.com published another ‘Hands-On review’ and explains the possibilities of HoloLens. Especially the collaboration with NASA enables the user to visualize a journey to Mars by using Onsight.

“HoloLens meant I could step out onto the surface of Mars and walk around, bending over to look at rocks, turning round to see the view and looking up to see the sky. “

If you want to know more about the possibilities that come with Onsight, watch Microsoft’s official video revealing Onsight’s features:

Microsoft HoloLens | Official Site.

Exploring Project Baraboo

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WIRED together with chief inventor Alex Kipman explored Project Baraboo – which is the official codename for HoloLens.

As we are all curious about the new wearable, Kipman explains how holograms come into existance:

“To create Project HoloLens’ images, light particles bounce around millions of times in the so-called light engine of the device. Then the photons enter the goggles’ two lenses, where they ricochet between layers of blue, green and red glass before they reach the back of your eye. “When you get the light to be at the exact angle,” Kipman tells me, “that’s where all the magic comes in.”

For more detailed information about the Hands-On with HoloLens and an in-depth look into Kipman’s philosophy of holographic computing read the full article!

Project HoloLens: Our Exclusive Hands-On With Microsoft’s Holographic Goggles | WIRED.