HoloLens insider knowledge

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Ben Gilbert’s Road to Fortaleza

We were quite staggered by HoloLens after the Windows 10 live event in January 2015. But if we take a closer look at Microsoft’s corporate history, we notice that the innovation is actually not that suprising remembering several rumours and leaks in June 2012.

That time, a confidential business presentation was uploaded to Scribd. The document contains important information about various Microsoft products and their future plans. Engadget’s Ben Gilbert traced the rumour to its source and summarized his insights:

“The document is largely focused on this next console and sensor (what became the Xbox One), as well as one more big hardware announcement: HoloLens. The alternate reality headset Microsoft announced a few weeks back was originally planned for announcement in 2014, and it’s been known by a few different names (“Kinect Glasses,” “Project Fortaleza” and “Screen Zero” all show up in several places on and off the document).

I’d wager it’s had a few other names since — every time I’ve asked Microsoft reps about Fortaleza since this document first leaked in 2012, they’ve clammed up and said nothing.”

via Microsoft leaked the Xbox One, HoloLens and more way back in 2012.

Besides this, Gizmodo’s Darren Orf refers to Gilbert’s article adding that

” At first, it seemed that HoloLens was destined to be an Xbox peripheral, or at the very least gaming focused.

Although Microsoft did have a neat (in theory) concept of Minecraft using the headset, the company seems more focused on the HoloLens becoming the next evolution in computing than just an Xbox One add-on.”

via So Long: RadioShack Officially Goes Bankrupt.

If you are interested in further insights into Microsoft’s leaks, read Ben Gilbert’s article here or his original article from 2012 here.

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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]