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Microsoft HoloLens – the future is (almost) now

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First off, a confession. I’m a sucker for slick videos showing off new technology. Apple, Amazon, Google; they all have it down to a fine art. I’m a tech nut and sci-fi fan, and with each new step forward in user experience I get a little more giddy (see: Her, Jibo, Oculus or Glass for recent examples). Technology meets science fiction, and the new opportunities it presents seem endless.

Last week Microsoft surprised everyone at their Windows 10 event by announcing HoloLens, the augmented reality headset that promises to revolutionise the way we engage with software. Of course, there was a short video that perfectly demonstrates the concept;

There are still plenty of questions, but hands-on reports from reputable tech publications are positive. Not too long ago Microsoft’s Kinect was unveiled with similar fanfare as the next generation of gesture and voice control, so it will be interesting to see if history is repeated here.

Putting skepticism temporarily to one side, there’s plenty to be excited about when it comes to HoloLens. It’s nice to have a genuine alternative to virtual reality devices such as Oculus Rift, plus an augmented reality headset could be a more practical option for the workplace.

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While the launch video showed some business applications, it mostly played safe showing virtual screens, Skype and 3D modelling. We won’t see the real potential until HoloLens is in the hands of developers like us, but I’m looking forward to exploring how it could benefit businesses.

Between Windows 10 and HoloLens it seems Microsoft can still surprise us, and I like that. Now, I’m off to re-watch the launch video one more time.

Microsoft HoloLens: www.microsoft.com/microsoft-hololens

Chris Burton

Coder & Co-Founder