Critics about HoloLens

cropped-hololens1.jpgStill impressed by the live presentation of HoloLens, we have to be aware of the enormous product promotion. Actually we  have already heard of a similar product previously when Microsoft presented Kinect as game changing innovation.

In short: despite of all promises nothing really happened and we are still waiting for Kinect coming to take our home entertainment to a new level. Besides this, especially Google had to make the bitter experience that people refuse to wear the AR goggles out in public – the Glass user were even declared as “Glassholes”.

Against this background we meet with skepticism as Microsoft presents another device that should transform our world  – even though with holograms.

In an article from gamesindustry, former Microsoft executive Peter Molyneux was interviewed and raised several concerns.

“It did remind me of [Kinect]. You kind of want to scream ‘don’t over promise these things.’ The thing about the concept videos is they feel so seamless and it just looks like everything’s working and actually, as we found with Kinect, it works all fine if you’ve got the perfect environment and the perfect distance away and you’re the right shape human being. But it’s very challenging if any of those things don’t come together perfectly,”

via Molyneux warns Microsoft: Don’t overpromise on HoloLens | GamesIndustry.biz.

Polygon‘s Ben Kuchera is also more cautious about HoloLens adding that

The problem is that Microsoft has only shown that hardware in a controlled environment, and we have to keep in mind the difference between these first displays of the technology and the reality of what is actually shipped.

via Skeptical of HoloLens? It’s time to rewatch how Microsoft sold us on the Kinect | Polygon.

 

To put it all in a nutshell, Microsoft is taking steps to realize their AR vision. All we can do is being patient about the further development and thinking about how HoloLens could shape our future.

As always, make sure you read the full interview with Peter Molyneux here and take a look at Polygon’s article 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]