1. HoloLens: How does it work

HoloLens: How does it work

Microsoft Corporations is the latest to try virtual reality with HoloLens device. Here's what HoloLens is like:

Published: January 24, 2015 1:29 PM
Microsoft Corporation, Microsoft hololens, Microsoft holograms

Microsoft Corporation’s Joe Belfiore tries on a ‘Hololens’ device with colleagues Alex Kipman and Terry Myerson following an event demonstrating new features of Windows 10 at the company’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington. (AP)

Microsoft Corporations is the latest to try virtual reality with HoloLens device. Here’s what HoloLens is like:

* Microsoft HoloLens is the first holographic computer running Windows 10. It is completely untethered – no wires, phones, or connection to a PC needed. Microsoft HoloLens allows you to pin holograms in your physical environment and provides a new way to see your world.

* Microsoft HoloLens features see-through, holographic, high-definition lenses and spatial sound so you can see and hear holograms in the world around you. Complete with advanced sensors and a new Holographic Processing Unit (HPU) that understands the world around you, Microsoft HoloLens is able to run without any wires while processing terabytes of data from the sensors in real-time.

* How is this different from existing virtual reality technologies? Holographic experiences with Microsoft HoloLens are different from existing experiences, such as virtual reality (VR). With VR, the user is completely immersed in a computer-generated reality, or virtual world. While immersed in a virtual world, users are best advised to stay seated or keep still to avoid collisions with physical objects they cannot see in the real world.

* What does it mean to have holograms on Windows 10? Windows 10 is the first platform to support holographic computing with APIs that enable gesture and environmental understanding on an untethered device. With Windows 10, holograms are Windows universal apps, and all Windows universal apps work as holograms. Holograms in Windows 10 will lead to entirely new ways for us to communicate, create, and explore.

Holographic experiences on Windows 10 are about delivering a mixed reality that lets you enjoy your digital life while staying more connected to the world around you – transforming the ways you create, connect, and explore.

(Courtesy: Microsoft Corporation)

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    Bert
    Jan 30, 2015 at 2:25 pm
    Sorry, this article does not at all explain how it works. It explains how one can use it etc. The question " How is this different from existing virtual reality technologies" is not answered. It is doubtful that real holograms are involved; not any 3D picture is a hologram! The information content of this article is practically null.
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