In order to assess HoloLens’ technical possibilities, it is inevitable to know about the strengths and weaknesses. For that reason, Mary Branscombe, author of techradar.com, came up with several advantages and disadvantages.
Based on trustedreviews.com, the following page will give you an overview of HoloLens compared to similar products in the AR market.
1. HoloLens compared to Google Glass (=AR)
Concerning the design, HoloLens was developed to be used at home alone or together with friends. In contrast, Google Glass was designed to be used in the everyday life – even out in public. That’s why HoloLens and Google Glass have an inherently different field of application.
To put it another way:
“Google Glass was designed to be as unobtrusive as a pair of regular glasses. The idea was that you would be comfortable wearing the headset all day.
Microsoft HoloLens isn’t aiming for that at all. It’s a computer of sorts, designed to be used in a relatively fixed location for more intensive set tasks. It’s the laptop to Google Glass’s smartphone.”
When talking about functionality,
“Google Glass is all about simple daily tasks and notifications, the likes of which you might usually deal with on your smartphone – incoming messages, weather alerts, and the like.
Microsoft HoloLens, conversely, is about complex and immersive computing tasks, like having someone show you how to fix a light switch over Skype, playing an immersive table-top game (literally) of Minecraft, or exploring a virtual approximation of Mars.”
To read the full article visit http://www.trustedreviews.com/opinions/microsoft-hololens-vs-google-glass
For further information read also Innovation Excellence | Nerd Fight – Microsoft Hololens vs. Google Glass
Please note: The prototype of Google Glass is no longer on the market! Forbes provided more detailed information about the latest development of Google Glass.
Find the full article here: Google Glass Got It Backwards – Forbes.
2. HoloLens compared to Oculs Rift (=VR)
The main difference can be explained by differentiating between Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR). Whereas HoloLens uses AR by blending in 3D objects into the physical reality, Oculus Rift creates a completely new virtual reality. Nevertheless they both satisfy similar needs.
“The fundamental concept with both of these devices is similar – placing you in an immersive, fully three dimensional, heightened reality through a projection positioned immediately in front of your eyes.”
Apart from this, HoloLens offers a broader range of application than Oculus Rift which was mainly developed to create complex virtual worlds.
At the latest state of development it is very hard to predict which device will become market leader in the end. It may be that
“HoloLens’s potential for enhancing a variety of real world scenarios […] [or] Oculus Rift taking the gaming industry to the next level.”
Up to that time we are eager to see the future progress of both devices.
3. HoloLens compared to Project Morpheus (=VR)
In March 2014, Sony announced the development of Project Morpheus which is
“a virtual reality (VR) system that takes the PlayStation®4 (PS4™) system to the next level of immersion and demonstrates the future of gaming. SCE will continue development of Morpheus looking towards a future commercial launch.”
To get further insights into the topic, watch the product presentation from Sony:
And always keep in mind:
“Project Morpheus, on the other hand, is designed solely with gamers in mind. In fact, Sony’s virtual reality headset is being developed by the company’s gaming division and relies on its gaming products to work. That stands in stark contrast to Microsoft’s HoloLens, which can work with games but will likely be utilized for other app types.”