Microsoft considered acquiring, Slack, the in-work team productivity app, for about $4B. Then, CEO Satya Nadella and Bill Gates suggested Microsoft should drop the idea and invest the money into improving Skype instead, thus killed the Slack purchase idea. And now, Microsoft have created a nearly identical Slack competitor.
Since Glass was first introduced by Google, many companies believe that the next big thing is wearing computers on your face.
Just last week, HTC and Valve demonstrated their face-mounted computer, called Vive, and it was met with wild rapturous applause from tech writers.
Here is a quick overview of all the different virtual and augmented reality headsets that companies are building and showing off these days:
- Vive VR, by HTC and Valve.
- Oculus Rift, by Facebook.
- Gear VR, by Samsung and Oculus.
- HoloLens, by Microsoft.
- Magic Leap, a startup by Rony Abovitz, invested by Google, Marc Andreessen, Qualcomm and others.
- Project Morpheus, by Sony.
- Glass, by Google.
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Last week Microsoft has introduced the HoloLones, which are a smart virtual reality (VR) headset for the home and office use.
The HoloLens are the product of Microsoft’s research project two years ago, where they played with the idea of linking holograms to your TV. This turned into a headset that sits on your head and runs the new holographic software.
Unlike something like the Oculus Rift, which presents you with a complete virtual world, the HoloLens has clear lenses, and imposes your holographic structures and worlds on the environment around you. In short, it’s an augmented reality device along the lines of something like Google Glass.
Microsoft has presented this new device at a great timing: the Google Glass is dead, the Oculus Rift and the Sony Project Morpheus are still yet to reach consumers, and the best of the rest have failed to really capture the imagination. Microsoft’s HoloLens is something a bit different, with potential to become a huge success. When comparing the HoloLens to the Google Glass it is very important to keep in mind that the HoloLens are not only wireless, but don’t require connection to any other device, which means that you can walk around in the office or home.
What future do you see for the HoloLens?